Fans can play crucial role to lift Bulldogs

James Brown has penned a new deal which will keep him at Batley Bulldogs for the 2016 season.
James Brown has penned a new deal which will keep him at Batley Bulldogs for the 2016 season.

Batley Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas is urging the club’s supporters to continue to back the team in their crucial Championship run in.

Batley face a daunting trip to joint leaders Bradford Bulls on Sunday aiming to end their six match losing run and climb away from the bottom two in the table.

Mr Nicholas admits he understands fans’ frustrations but has appealed for them to stay positive and back the team’s bid to pull clear of danger.

Mr Nicholas told the Bulldogs website: “We took some great support to Whitehaven but they would have left very disappointed at the result and especially the performance.

“We have 12 games to go before the end of the season but in reality we need to go into the last seven games, when the league splits, on a high note which means we have to improve and get some wins over the next five games.

“The players and coaching staff need to pick themselves up as the next two weeks are vital in the process of turning the season round.

“To those supporters that went to Whitehaven and are sticking by us, I thank you for your continued support in difficult circumstances and to those supporters frustrated and finding it hard to be positive, I understand your position. The only thing I can say is that as a club we will work harder to get back on track.”

Batley have signed back row forward James Brown for the 2016 season.

Brown had been attracting interest from a number of clubs following several impressive games for the Bulldogs but he will remain at Batley next season.

The Bulldogs injury woes continued when Lee Mitchell was ruled out of last week’s trip to Whitehaven with a knee injury sustained in training.

The injury may require an operation, which would rule him out for up to six weeks.