New coaching line-up in place

New coaching line-up in place

CRAIG LINGARD has finalised his Batley Bulldogs backroom team, which will include the arrival of former player Mark Barlow as an assistant coach.

Long-serving coach Mark Moxon will remain on the staff under Lingard, who was appointed as head coach last month, and in have come Paul Royston, as head of performance, and Barlow.

Royston previously had a similar strength and conditioning role at Keighley under Lingard, who says that he has “extensive experience in rugby league in the last 15-20 years and in athletics as well”.

Barlow, 35, retired from playing at Keighley at the end of the season after a 20-year career which took in both Batley and Dewsbury, as well as Wakefield, Halifax and York, and for the past year he has been coaching the first team at amateur side Shaw Cross Sharks.

Lingard said: “I’ve known Mark for a long time and I think it’s important for me that I’ve got people I’m comfortable with, I know what they can do and that they’ll give something to that group.

“Mark has got that Batley history and he’s a local lad, and I think that helps us as well, trying to reinforce that Batley feel that we want.”

Barlow said: “I’ve just retired from playing rugby and to get an opportunity to go back to my club I had four-and-a-half seasons at, I feel really lucky and it’s a great opportunity to get on the coaching ladder.”

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