Nicholas praise for Bulldogs coach Diskin

Batley Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas is happy to have Matt Diskin as the club's head coach after he guided them to a third place finish in the Betfred Championship Shield.
Batley Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas is happy to have Matt Diskin as the club's head coach after he guided them to a third place finish in the Betfred Championship Shield.

Batley Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas has praised the efforts of coach Matt Diskin and is relishing the prospect of seeing further improvement from the side next season.

Batley secured a third place finish in the Betfred Championship Shield, despite suffering horrendous injury problems during the course of the campaign, and Nicholas believes the side will kick on during Diskin’s third year in charge.

Nicholas said: “The first year was about Matt getting experience under his belt but we felt that, whatever mistakes he made, he learned from them and improved tremendously as a coach.

“This year, we thought would be really successful for us. Sadly, the injuries we had have hampered the progress under Matt.

“We are very happy with Matt as a coach. I think he would like to be a Super League coach — in fact, I think he would like to be the England coach one day. We just want him to do well at Batley and, if he does, he can progress.”

Diskin yesterday moved to add further power to the pack by signing prop forward Joe Taira, from Rochdale.

The Fijian made 21 appearances and scored four tries last season and joins former Hornets teammate Danny Yates at the Bulldogs, along with fellow new signings Iliess Macani, Toby Everett, Jack Downs and Sam Wood.