Squad News

Although the 2016 season has just ended, the Batley Bullogs are already busy building their squad for next year with the goal of at least consolidating their position in the Championships. After the good work in prolonging contracts during the season, new coach Matt Diskin has been able to get more promising young lads signed up. BISSA has also been active and landed a coup with the season long loans Will Maher and Tom holmes from the Castleford Tigers

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Matt Diskin can look forward to 2017



11. November

13. October
Exciting duo Will Maher and Tom Holmes are at Batley on a season long loan from Castleford. A call back option for the Tigers is in place, but only in the event of injury could they be called back.

Daryl Powell is very happy with the cooperation between the two clubs, as illustrated by the success of Greg Minikin at the Bulldogs:

“On the back of last season I’m pleased to say we have a relationship with Batley Bulldogs again which enabled Greg Minikin to do such a great job when he came back into our first team last season. This season Tom Holmes and Will Maher will be playing with Batley on a full season loan. Both of these players have Super League experience and I’m confident both Batley and the players will benefit greatly from this deal. I know Batley’s head coach Matt Diskin personally and know the players will receive outstanding coaching within Batley’s environment while still working full time with our staff.”

Mikey Hayward renews his contract for 2017
mikey joined us twords the back end of last season, and although he didn’t play, the Bulldogs are happy to give him a new contract

9. October
Three More Join The Dogs
Forward Trae O’Sullivan joins us from the Coventry Bears
Forward Brad Hill comes from our friends in Featherstone
Jamaican international Danny Bravo played for Underbank last year


1. October
Centre Macauley Hallett joins from Swinton


30. September
Utility Forward Joel Farrell crosses the valley to join us at Batley

Joel Farrell signs for the Dogs


Signed until the end of the 2017 season

  • Tom Holmes
  • Will Maher
  • Mikey Hayward
  • Trae O’Sullivan
  • Brad Hill
  • Dann Bravo
  • Joel Farrell
  • Macauley Hallett
  • Danny Cowling
  • Dave Scott
  • James Harrison
  • Adam Gledhill
  • Shaun Squires
  • Pat Walker
  • Alex Bretherton
  • Jy Hitchcox

Signed until the end of the 2018 season

  • Brad Day
  • Alistair Leak
  • Wayne Reittie
  • Shaun Ainscough
  • Dominic Brambani
  • Cain Southernwood
  • Tom Lillycrop
  • Joe Chandler
  • Alex Rowe
  • James Brown
  • James Davey
  • Sam Smeaton
  • Dane Manning

Matt Diskin: By Mortonstalker (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons