Saints hooker Fozard agrees Bulldogs loan

Bulldogs full-back Jordan Grayston is tackled during last Sunday's Championship clash against Bradford Bulls.
Bulldogs full-back Jordan Grayston is tackled during last Sunday's Championship clash against Bradford Bulls.

Batley Bulldogs have captured the signing of promising young hooker Matty Fozard from St Helens on a one month loan deal.

There is no option to recall Fozard during his loan spell and the 20-year-old is also eligible for the Challenge Cup and goes straight into the Bulldogs squad to face Normanton Knights on Saturday.

Alistair Leak had a terrific game at hooker in last week’s narrow defeat to Bradford Bulls, making 55 tackles in an 80 minute stint, while Anthony Nicholson deputised for the injured Scott Leatherbarrow at scrum-half.

Bulldogs coach John Kear handed Fozard three international caps for Wales last year and is looking forward to working with him at Batley.

Kear said: “I have worked with Matty and know his rugby ability but also his character and I am sure he will fit in well with this group of players.

“Anthony Nicholson allayed any fears I had of him playing at half-back and he deserves to keep his spot.”

Tom Thackray, Brad Day and Brad Hey, who missed much of pre-season through injury, are all set to make their Bulldogs debuts against Normanton, while in-form prop Alex Rowe could be rested ahead of a hectic period of Championship games.

Kear added: “It is important we rest players as we want them fresh for the end of the season and Alex has been a revelation for us.

“We have individuals making their debuts and it is up to them to make me re-think our starting line-up for Doncaster the following week.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Wakefield, where I had six years.

“We will give Normanton the respect they deserve but it is important for us as a club to progress and have a run in the cup, with the possibility of a financial rewards of drawing a big team.”