Trio agree deals to join Bulldogs

Mikey Hayward, pictured in action for Lock Lane, will remain at Batley Bulldogs for 2017
Mikey Hayward, pictured in action for Lock Lane, will remain at Batley Bulldogs for 2017

Batley Bulldogs have begun recruiting for the 2017 season by signing a trio of promising young forwards.

In-coming Batley coach Matt Diskin was quick to capture the signing of Brad Hill, who was at Championship rivals Featherstone Rovers last season.

Hill was named in Rovers 19-man squad but didn’t take to the field, although Diskin is well aware of his potential having spent time with him at Bradford Bulls.

Trae O’Sullivan joins the Bulldogs from League One side Coventry Bears, where he played 19 games last season.

O’Sullivan began his professional career with the Leeds Rhinos Academy and will now look to establish himself at the higher level.

Utility forward Danny Bravo also began at Leeds, before leaving to play in Australia, where he suffered a serious knee injury.

The Jamaican international spent time recovering, playing for National Conference side Underbank, but Diskin believes he can re-capture his potential shown at the Rhinos.

With centre Centre Macauley Hallett and second row or loose forward Joel Farrell already joining Batley, Diskin’s squad for next season is already beginning to take shape.

Mikey Hayward joined Batley towards the end of last season and although he didn’t feature for the Bulldogs, the winger or full-back has signed for the 2017 season.

Hayward played rugby union in Italy and was BARLA International player of the year in 2015 having played in amateur ranks with Lock Lane.

James Brown and Dominic Brambani have been named in the League Express Championship team of the year.

Brambani scored nine tries in 33 appearances for Batley and played a key role in helping the Bulldogs reach the Middle Eights stage of the competition.

Brown scored more tries than any other forward in the Championship last season, crossing 11 times in 29 appearances.