Samoan Ulugia is set for return to Batley

Bulldogs coach John Kear has agreed a deal to bring Samoan centre Chris Ulugia back to Batley in 2016.
Bulldogs coach John Kear has agreed a deal to bring Samoan centre Chris Ulugia back to Batley in 2016.

Batley Bulldogs have agreed a deal for Chris Ulugia to join the club on a permanent basis, subject to the Somoan receiving the relevant visa.

Powerful centre Ulugia had a brief spell on loan at Batley last season, scoring two tries in three appearances, before injury forced him to return to parent club Bradford Bulls.

Ulugia was full-time at Bradford and the fundraising efforts of supporters group BISSA have played a major part in allowing John Kear to add him to the Bulldogs squad.

Batley are confident Ulugia will be granted the paperwork to join ahead of the start of next season and are said to be at ‘an advanced stage’ of clinching the deal.

Ulugia’s signing was announced at last Friday’s fans meeting when chairman Kevin Nicholas laid out plans for the new season, including several incentives for supporters.

Mr Nicholas told supporters: “We are very confident with the signings we have already made, that subject to avoiding significant injuries, we have good prospects of changing 10 wins and 20 losses into 20 wins and 10 losses in 2016.

“Such results would give us a chance of being in the middle eight group of clubs or at the top end of the Championship.”

The club also launched their 2016 season tickets, when they announced that all under-16s can watch the Bulldogs free of charge.

Adult season tickets, for 15 home matches, including the Super Eights stage of the competition, will cost £180, with concessions £120 and all Under-16s season tickets free.

For supporters who are unable to attend every home match, the club have launched a Seventy7 scheme.

Supporters would pay £70 up front and then gain £7 reduction on admission to each game they attend. For further details call 01924 470062.