Chandler and Blake return for Bulldogs

Batley Bulldogs winger Dave Scott has been named Scotland's player of the year for 2015.
Batley Bulldogs winger Dave Scott has been named Scotland's player of the year for 2015.

Batley Bulldogs play their first home game of 2016 when they welcome the Heavy Woollen Select side to Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday (ko 2pm).

Former Batley favourite Danny Maun, now part of the Bulldogs coaching staff, will have his foot in the Heavy Woollen camp on Sunday, while John Kear will use the friendly as part of his preparations for the new Championship season.

Kear has taken the unusual step of telling Maun exactly what the Heavy Woollen representative side can expect from the Bulldogs.

Kear said: “It is a bit of a strange one as I have laid down to Danny what they can expect, so he can prime his side and they can cause us some difficulty.

“We will embrace the game as it gives us a chance to do our bit for the amateur game, as we are all part of the rugby league family, but we are not messing about and everyone who is available will be included in the squad.

“These are the best amateur players in the district and this game is about us preparing for Leigh.”

Joe Chandler and Luke Blake will feature on Sunday having missed the Boxing Day clash against Dewsbury but Sean Hesketh, Alex Rowe and Brad Day remain sidelined.

Batley will also hand a trial to full-back John Tinker, who has been training with the club during pre-season following a recommendation and now gets chance to showcase his skills.

Bulldogs winger or full-back Dave Scott has been named Scotland’s player of the year, scooping the Dave Valentine Award.

The 22-year-old produced a string of impressive displays during Scotland’s 2015 international campaign.

Scott made 28 appearances for Doncaster last season, scoring two tries and 36 conversions, before joining the Bulldogs.