Lingard excited by Bowman

Lingard excited by Bowman

THERE is plenty more to come from Batley Bulldogs’ versatile new signing Anthony Bowman, according to boss Craig Lingard.

Bowman’s signature was finally confirmed last week after the former Halifax and Oldham man completed work commitments that allowed him to guarantee his place in the squad for the upcoming season.

Lingard hopes to take advantage of the 27-year-old’s utility value while allowing him to feature in his favoured position of loose forward.

The Bulldogs boss said: “He’s primarily a loose forward but he gives us cover at half-back and he can play on the edge, at centre or at back-row, so he’s really got a utility value. 

“But Anthony wants to play as a loose forward and we’ll give him that opportunity.”

Bowman was given the chance to display his abilities off the bench in last weekend’s pre-season defeat to Hunslet, and Lingard said: “He did really well to be honest. 

“It’s always difficult when it’s your first game for a new club and he’s only had two sessions with the lads, so he doesn’t know all of the systems and structures.

“He’ll get better the longer he trains with us but for a first game for us I thought he stood out.”

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