Bulldogs enlist Scott as Blake extends stay

Winger or full-back Dave Scott has joined Batley Bulldogs for the 2016 season  from Doncaster.
Winger or full-back Dave Scott has joined Batley Bulldogs for the 2016 season from Doncaster.

Batley Bulldogs have wasted little time in beginning their 2016 recruitment drive with the signing of winger Dave Scott from Doncaster.

The Scotland international played 27 games for The Dons in 2015, scoring two tries, while also kicking 36 goals.

He has spent the last three seasons at the Keepmoat Stadium, during which time Scott played a total of 64 matches, scoring 20 tries and kicking 89 goals.

Hooker Luke Blake has agreed a new one-year deal to remain at the Bulldogs for the 2016 season.

Blake is the 17th player to agree terms to remain at the Mount Pleasant club.

Blake played 27 times for the Bulldogs this season, scoring four tries, despite missing much of the pre-season programme due to injury.

Batley are also on the verge of completing a deal to bring a new half-back to the club following the departure of goalkicking scrum-half Scott Leatherbarrow to London Broncos.

Several other signings are also understood to be imminent once the Championship season officially ends following Sunday’s Shield Grand Final between Featherstone Rovers and London at Widnes.

After a brief break following the end of Batley’s season, coach John Kear is now turning his attentions to leading Wales into the European Championships.

Kear has included former Bulldogs loan players Dan Fleming and Matty Fozard in his 25-man Welsh squad.

Fleming had a spell on loan from Castleford Tigers last season, before joining fellow Championship club Bradford Bulls, while Fozard scored six tries from his 12 appearances for Batley on loan from St Helens earlier this season.

Kear said: “I love doing the job and if I didn’t I wouldn’t be doing it and I’m looking forward to being with Wales.”