Bulldogs fans favourite Danny Maun is striving to forge stronger links between the club and Batley community after returning ‘home’ .
Maun retired at the end of last season after an illustrious playing career in with Batley, Dewsbury, Featherstone and Hunslet.
Watching Batley as a youngster began a lifelong affinity between Maun and the Bulldogs and the 34-year-old is delighted to be back involved with the Mount Pleasant club.
Maun said: “I wanted to stay in the game and get involved in some way with Batley and I was delighted when (chairman) Kevin Nicholas rang asking me to become something of an embassador for the club.
“I have been doing a bit of coaching, watching and learning from John Kear and I have loved that but I’ve also been going out to the local community to help sell the club.
“I want people to come and watch Batley. When I was a kid going to a game on a Sunday was the highlight of my week and I’d love more youngsters to come to matches and I have ideas on how to improve matchday experiences.”
Maun is hoping to forge links between the Bulldogs and local amateur clubs and schools but he is also focussing his attentions on attracting new sponsors to games.
Maun added: “This season’s Championship is going to be the most exciting yet and is an ideal time for new sponsors to get involved and see what we are all about.
“But it’s not all about them giving us money, we have to give them something in return and I have lots of ideas of how sponsorship could work for all our benefits.”
Maun was meeting with a high profile figure at Leeds Rhinos this week, getting ideas of how they attract new sponsors, while he has already attracted several new sponsors willing to get involved with Batley.
Zucchinis Restaurant, Priestley’s Bar in Birstall, Projex solutions Ltd of Brighouse and Danny Thomas’s T3 Wellbeing Centre, of Bradford Road, are among those who have already pledged to become sponsors.