Scott signs new deal as Batley plan ahead

Sam Scott has agreed a new deal to remain at Batley in 2016 as the Bulldogs' Championship is status secure.
Sam Scott has agreed a new deal to remain at Batley in 2016 as the Bulldogs' Championship is status secure.

Batley Bulldogs are planning for life in the Kingstone Press Championship next season with Sam Scott the latest to agree a new deal.

Back rower Scott is the 16th current Bulldogs player to pledge his future to the club having started 23 games for Batley this season and making a further two appearances from the bench.

Scott has scored four tries this season and has agreed to remain for a further 12 months.

With Batley’s place in the Championship guaranteed going into Sunday’s final match at home to Hunslet Hawks, the Bulldogs are already hastily planning ahead.

Injured back rower Joe Chandler, winger Wayne Reittie and centre Shaun Squires have already agreed deals to remain at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium until the end of 2017, while Shaun Ainscough, James Brown, James Craven, Brad Day, Adam Gledhill, Sean Hesketh, Keegan Hirst, Alistair Leak, Tom Lillycrop, Lee Mitchell, Alex Rowe and Cain Southernwood have agreed terms for next season.

Batley will aim to end their Kingstone Press Championship Shield season on a high with victory over relegation threatened Hunslet Hawks this Sunday (kick off 3pm).

Batley’s 50-16 defeat away to third placed London Broncos last week ended their faint hopes of finishing in the top four and earning a place in the Shield semi-finals.

Although Batley are just two points above the second-bottom Hawks, their points difference is 281 greater than the men from South Leeds, meaning the Bulldogs Championship status is secure.

Hunslet’s only hope of avoiding relegation to League One is by winning at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium and hoping Whitehaven lose at home to bottom side Doncaster, with the Hawks also having to make up 58 points in the process to overhaul the Cumbrians.