Maun sacrifices cash for success

STAR centre Danny Maun has revealed how he has taken a pay cut in order to claim further silverware as a Batley player.

Maun, who along with Alex Bretherton agreed a new oneyear deal with the club last week, is determined to fight for his position in the Bulldogs’ threequarter line despite the arrival of two new outside backs from Dewsbury.

One of which, Ryan Esders, this week penned a deal with the Bulldogs along with Sheffield prop Alex Rowe and Oldham halfback Danny Whitmore.

Esders and fellow new boy Ayden Faal, who arrived as one of head coach John Kear’s initial signings for 2013, will provide direct competition for Maun along with current Bulldog Jason Walton.

“I really wanted to resign for the club and prove myself,” said the 31yearold, who is understood to have turned down an offer to rejoin former club Dewsbury.

“I took a cut, but it was never going to be about the money for me, I cannot grumble whatsoever.

“Batley have been brilliant to me and genuinely think we can win something next year, a grand final isn’t too far away, and a trophy with this club would make everything worthwhile.

“The signings John has made will force me to really work in order to keep my spot next year and I am looking forward to the challenge if I’m honest.

“My position wasn’t really under threat last season, mainly due to injuries, but I know Ayden and Ryan will have something to say about that next time around. They are quality players each with points to prove. 

“There is plenty of room for improvement for me. I felt I was pretty consistent this year, but I need to go up another level and I am confident I can do so.

“There will be a lot of pressure on me but I know what I have to do. Competition within the squad will be fierce.”

Maun was amongst the award winners at the club’s annual presentation evening last Friday, bagging his now customary ‘Rear of the Year’ award.

Standoff Ben Black was voted as Supporter’s Player of the Year while Alex Walmsley, who was this week recognised as the best young playing the Cooperative Championship (see page 31), picked up the coach’s equivalent.

Boss Kear handed the ‘Ironman’ award to Johnny Campbell for his efforts during the latter stages of the season, which saw him the wing position his own, Mark Applegarth clinched the ‘Man of Steel’ accolade and Gareth Potts was honoured for being the Bulldogs’ leading tryscorer in 2012.

On Monday, flyer Potts was named alongside prop Walmsley and fellow wingman Alex Brown in the Cooperative Championship’s 2012 dream team.

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