Triple boost for Kear

BATLEY BOSS John Kear has received a triple injury boost ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Swinton Lions (Sat 2pm).

Hooker Paul Mennell (leg), centre Danny Maun (hand) and wingman Greg Johnson (shoulder) are all back in contention having

recovered from respective injuries, which saw them miss the Bulldogs’ victorious trip to Workington last weekend.

In addition, Castleford loanee Dan Fleming and dual-registered Huddersfield forward Anthony Mullally have been made available to Kear, the latter

hoping to match his second-successive appearance for the Mount Pleasant club.

“We were down to just 18 fit players for the Workington game, so I was obviously delighted with the way in which we played up there,” Kear told The Press.

“To have Danny, Paul and Greg back will be fantastic – we will certainly be in a stronger position this weekend.

“And to have Dan and Anthony also in the frame gives me options up front. We may well need to make changes for rotation purposes and having bodies back will allow me to do that.”

Under the tutelage of new boss Gary Chambers for the first time, ninth-placed visitors Swinton Lions are likely to have a host of Super League talent on offer from Super League partners Warrington.

It is believed Rhys Evans, Rhys Williams and Tyrone McCarthy will again be available.

And boss Kear is wary of the threat they pose.

“Swinton are going to be difficult to break down, I am expecting them to have plenty of added strength from Warrington.

“But we will rise to the challenge once more, like we have been doing all season long.

“Even when we haven’t been at our best we have been picking up wins. We haven’t lost since round two of the season and our aim is to continue this winning run.”

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