New Batley Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin has brought in former Huddersfield and Castleford hooker Lee St Hilaire as his number two but will also work closely with fellow coaches Mark Moxon and Danny Maun.
St Hilaire brings valuable experience having had a spell on the staff at Bradford Bulls and Diskin is happy with the backroom team he has brought together.
Diskin is friends with Maun, with both connected to the Dewsbury Moor amateur club, and the new head coach believes Batley can play an important role in building links with all the local amateur clubs.
Although there is no scope for Batley to play a Heavy Woollen Select team this pre-season, Diskin is keen to develop work between local amateur clubs and the Bulldogs.
Diskin said: “In the longer term it is important for the success of Batley and Dewsbury that we provide links with the amateur clubs.
“Players fall out of the (Super League) academy system and go back playing local amateur rugby.
“It is hard for the kids that drop out of the professional game and go into the amateurs, as they can fall behind, even in a year and we would like to unearth the diamonds.”
Diskin is looking forward to working with Maun and said: “Danny is full of energy, enthusiastic and willing to learn and I now have to try and work with him and develop him as a coach.
“He is popular around the club and nobody at Batley ever has a bad word to say about him.”
Maun will combine his role on the coaching staff with that of helping on the commercial side of the club.
Local firms Riva Homes and Henley Stone are helping build a new gym and wrestle room under the long stand at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
Maun has also attracted new sponsors The Gables Cattery, based in Soothill, The Cellar Bar, Batley, Laser-Lite tattoo removal, Projex Solutions, The Look beauty salon and CRT Interiors to the club, while agreeing new deals with existing sponsors Priestley’s Cafe Bar and Zucchini Restaurant, as the Bulldogs look to capitalise on last season’s success.
Pitchside advertising boards at Batley are available from £25 per month, while a number of other sponsorship packages are available by contacting Maun on 07854 861566, via his Twitter account @DannyMaun or by visiting www.batleybulldogs.co.uk.