New Batley Bulldogs role for Greenwood

BATLEY Bulldogs have announced a change in their coaching staff after long-time servants of the club Joe Berry and Kevin Crouthers decided to step down from their roles due to work commitments.

Thursday, 4th November 2010, 3:09 pm

Coach Karl Harrison has informed his players that Lee Greenwood will be taking over as his assistant, while John Heaton will become the club’s conditioner, with his first job to look after the players’ pre-season weights programme.

Batley chairman Kevin Nicholas was quick to praise the efforts of both Joe and Kevin and said they would be welcome at The Mount anytime.

“Joe has been part of the furniture here, he has had such a long association with the club,” said Mr Nicholas. “He has helped with the stability at Batley and even though he has kept a low profile, he has done a tremendous amount of work and helped keep things together.

“Some people don’t appreciate what people like Joe do for the club and we are grateful for everything over the years.

“Kevin Crouthers has been a great servant, not only to Batley, but to rugby league, from his time with Dewsbury, to his Super League days.

“Kevin was great for Batley, both as a player and then when he moved into coaching.”

Greenwood will remain head coach of National Conference Premier Division high fliers Siddal but has stated he will put Batley’s needs first. He may step down from his Siddal role once the amateur season ends.

Karl Harrison held a players’ meeting on Monday when he announced the changes and set out what he expects from the squad.

Mr Nicholas added: “Karl has told the players he does not want any of them booking holidays before the first week in October, which is when the Grand Final is.

“We are starting off more positive than we ever have before. The players are not thinking about avoiding relegation, they are thinking about success and Karl is confident in the squad of players we have.

“He has also stated that we want to become the first side to retain the Northern Rail Cup and he does not want us to give up that trophy without a fight.”

Mr Nicholas said he is also looking forward to addressing shareholders at the first annual meeting on Friday November 12, in the Bryan Cooney Suite from 7pm.

“This will be the first season’s report since the new shares were issued and I am sure it will be very positive,” said Mr Nicholas.

“These shareholders helped the club and they are all welcome to attend. It gives me the chance to thank them for their support and we will look back at what we have achieved on and off the field.”

Following the shareholders’ meeting, all supporters are invited to the vice-president’s lounge for an informal get-together when the draw will be made for the supporters who pledged £50 to get one of 20 players shirts from that historic Northern Rail Final.

Mr Nicholas is appealing for as many supporters who are in the draw to attend, as the club are wanting to take a picture with them in their cup final shirts.