The Batley Bulldogs have signed five players ahead of their 2023 championship campaign, including Wales captain Elliott Kier.
Craig Lingard’s team reached the Championship Grand Final last season, defeating Featherstone en route to fall short of Lee’s Super League qualification.
Since then, the club has only added five players to its squad during the offseason, including former Super League outside back Kia.
The 34-year-old will captain Wales in the postponed 2021 World Cup, replacing Bradford. He has also previously featured in the London Broncos and Salford.
Keegan Hurst returns to the field, initially retired in October 2020. The 34-year-old prop forward, who became the first professional British rugby league player to come out as gay, has played for Hunslet, Dewsbury, Buttley, Featherstone and Wakefield. , played nearly 300 careers in Halifax. .
Former Wigan and Lee half-back Josh Woods will switch from the Newcastle Thunder after returning to part-time modeling.
Huddersfield youngster Aiden McGowen joins the Championship squad on a season-long loan. The fullback has yet to make his first team debut with the Giants. However, he has had successful loan spells with York and Dewsbury in the Championship. In 2022, he scored three tries in seven games for the Rams and previously represented Ireland at the Under-19s.
Finally, former Wigan, Warrington and Bradford forward Sammy Qibla will move to Fox’s Biscuit Stadium in 2023.
Dale Morton, who scored 20 tries in 19 games in 2022, is one of the promising futures at the club during the off-season. Club captain James Brown, Alistair Leake, Greg Johnson and Ben White have all signed new contracts for 2023.
Luke Hooley Headlines Departure Scored a chance in the Super League against LeedsTom Gilmore also returned to Widnes, making 56 appearances for Batley. He scored a total of 398 points, including 10 tries, 178 goals and two drop goals. The halfback has only missed one game with the Bulldogs joining the team in 2021.
2023 batley bulldogs team so far.
Incoming callElliot Kier, Keegan Hirst, Aiden McGowen, Josh Woods, Sammy Qibla.
Go out: Tom Gilmore, Luke Hooley, Perry Whiteley, Lewis Collinson.
Bucks: Johnny Campbell, George Sr., Greg Johnson, Aiden McGowen, Josh Milthorpe, Kieran Buchanan, Josh Woods, Ben White, Elliott Kier, James Meadows, Josh Hodson, Dale Morton
forward: Martin Riley, Keegan Hurst, Dane Manning, Niall Flynn, Alistair Leake, Luke Blake, Toby Richardson, Ben Kay, Lucas Walshaw, Michael Ward, Tom Lillycrop, Oliver Leekrop Burton, James Brown, Adam Gledhill, Sammy Qibla.
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