Batley Bulldogs will give promising young centre Zack McComb a chance to shine in the Kingstone Press Championship.
McComb was released by Huddersfield Giants Academy but has joined Batley to complete the Bulldogs’ 2016 squad.
McComb joins fellow new signings Dominic Brambani, James Davey, Pat Walker, Danny Cowling, James Harrison and David Scott, who have been back in pre-season training for two weeks.
A number of those players, in particular Davey, are said to be revelling in their new surroundings as plans for next season gather pace.
Off the field, Batley have already launched their 2016 season tickets, along with new incentives to entice supporters to home matches.
The Bulldogs will play three warm-up matches before the start of the new Championship campaign when big spending Leigh visit Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday February 7 in a game which could see Rangi Chase cmaking his competitive debut for the Centurions.
Bulldogs supporters will already be looking forward to seeing several of their new signings in action for the first time whenBatley make the short trip to neighbours Dewsbury Rams for the traditional Boxing Day clash.
Batley have also arranged a friendly at home to League One side North Wales Crusaders for Saturday January 23, while they will play the Heavy Woollen Select amateurs for a second successive season, with a likely date of January 17.
North Wales finished fifth in League One last season but won the inaugural iPro Cup and have strengthened in the close season, with Mitchell Cox, Tommy Holland and Luke Warburton joining from Leigh Centurions Academy.
Danny Maun, who has joined the Bulldogs coaching staff, again looks set to be heavily involved in organising the pick of the Heavy Woollen amateurs to face Batley.