Danny Maun has answered a crisis call from Batley Bulldogs to come out of retirement for the club’s historic trip to Toronto Wolfpack.
The Bulldogs jet off to Canada at lunchtime today ahead of Saturday’s match against the newly crowned Betfred Championship Shield winners but they face the prospect of playing with only 16 men.
James Brown is suspended, other players are unable to get time off work to make the trip and the Bulldogs have been hit with visa problems, which have affected other Championship clubs travelling to Canada.
With Joe Chandler already ruled out after failing a head test, Batley were further hampered when Tom Hemingway was stretchered off during last Sunday’s defeat to Leigh Centurions after been hit by a cynical late tackle which saw Jamie Acton sent off.
Maun answered the call to arms on Tuesday and underwent relevant tests to ensure he is fit to play.
Maun played over 250 games for Batley before retiring from the game in September 2015 and he admitted he is relishing the chance to pull on the Bulldogs jersey once more .
Speaking to the Batley News, Maun said: “The opportunity to pull on the shirt once more was just too good to turn down. I respect the players, the shirt and the club and I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think I could make a tackle or do a job.
“The odds are stacked against us and it looks like we will only have 16 players, including me, but we have got to go there with the right attitude.
“I never expected to play again but I would never turn down the chance to pull on the Batley shirt again and if I can help the club in anyway, I will.”
Maun had featured twice for amateur side Dewsbury Moor last week but must now step up to play against a side who many believe are Super League bound.
Maun added: “I don’t agree with the situation Championship clubs are facing when going to Toronto. It is a hard enough task anyway without the problems we are facing.
“I think the rugby league need to be smarter and I can’t wait to see how Super League clubs react if they are forced to travel without their star players.”
One plus for Batley is that Dominic Brambani is set to return from injury.
Maun wore the number four jersey throughout his career but with Jason Crookes wearing that this season, the returning star will wear number 44.