Kear presents Scott with Scotland award

John Kear presents Dave Scott with his Scotland player of the year award.
John Kear presents Dave Scott with his Scotland player of the year award.

Batley Bulldogs full-back Dave Scott received his Scotland player of the year award from coach John Kear before last Sunday’s game against Sheffield Eagles.

Scott became the first player from Scotland RL’s development pathway to win the player of the year award and the 22-year-old is the 12th winner of the Dave Valentine Award, based on his performances during the 2015 international campaign.

Scott joined Batley at the start of this season, having spent last year with Doncaster, and has featured in the Bulldogs’ opening three Kingstone Press Championship matches.

He was among Batley’s try scorers in the narrow defeat to Featherstone Rovers a fortnight ago.

n Batley have meanwhile agreed dual registration terms with League One side Oxford.

Bulldogs chief executive Paul Harrison believes the partnership will benefit both clubs, saying: “Having met with Oxford officials over the last few months, I believe the club has a great plan to develop rugby league away from the M62 corridor, and being part of their development in the early stages can only be good for the game.

“We are delighted to join up with Oxford and form a new exciting partnership which will be beneficial to both clubs.”

Coach John Kear added: “Rugby league expansion is important. Oxford, in their short time, have developed a few players who have gained honours in Emerging Nation RL comps and it’s key to keep this pathway healthy. It’s terrific that one of the oldest clubs is forging links with one of the new kids on the block for the good of the game.”