Trio extend deals to remain at Bulldogs

Wayne Reittie, in action against Dewsbury last Sunday, has penned a new deal to remain with Batley until 2018.
Wayne Reittie, in action against Dewsbury last Sunday, has penned a new deal to remain with Batley until 2018.

Batley Bulldogs have swooped to extend the contracts of three key players until the end of the 2018 season.

Hooker Alistair Leak has had a terrific season, although he missed last week’s derby win over Dewsbury Rams with a back injury, and was quick to pen a new deal and has been joined by Brad Day.

Winger Wayne Reitti had agreed a deal to keep him at Batley for next season but has also extended his contract until the end of 2018.

It comes as a timely boost for the Bulldogs, who are preparing for a crunch trip to Whitehaven on Saturday (ko 6.30pm) as their dream of a top four finish draws closer.

Batley moved back into the top four of the Championship with victory over Dewsbury and they can pile pressure on top four rivals Bradford Bulls, Featherstone and Halifax as they play 24 hours before their three main rivals.

Victory would see Batley move into third place, while opening up a three point lead on fifth-placed Bradford Bulls, who travel to league leaders Leigh Centurions on Sunday.

Bulldogs coach John Kear is still refusing to dream about his side clinching a place in the middle eights and realises his side’s final four games of the regular season will provide stern challengers, starting with the trip to Whitehaven.

Kear added: “It was a real tough and difficult game against Dewsbury and we will give the players a nice easy week this week before a real difficult game up in Cumbria on Saturday.

“If you want to achieve things, you have to face adversity and difficult challenges and we will embrace that.

“If we can go into the last game with a chance of the top four then we can start dreaming but at the minute we are just looking one game ahead.

“We will tick each game off as we go along and see where we are come the last game.”