Batley Bulldogs head coach Craig Lingard hails support from chairman Kevin Nicholas

BATLEY BULLDOGS head coach Craig Lingard has paid tribute to chairman Kevin Nicholas for his investment in the squad at Mount Pleasant for the 2021 campaign.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 5:55 am
Fox's Biscuits Stadium, Batley. Picture: SWpix.com.

The Bulldogs have assembled a competitive side ahead of the Championship season as they hope for a return to action in March.

Lingard feels he has the competition for places needed to be competitive this year, with the support towards the club’s half-time draws also helping Batley financially.

“In the backs, if you look at the wing just as an example, there are five really strong players competing for those spots. We have got the competition we want,” Lingard told TotalRL.com.

“Credit goes to Kevin Nicholas, he paid everyone 100 percent throughout the lockdown, and not a lot have done that. He has honoured contracts, and at the same time managed to assemble this squad.

“We have been helped out massively by draws throughout the year which have brought in about £30,000 from supporters. That has been a huge help.”

The Championship has introduced a top-six play-off series for 2021 but Lingard admits that Batley’s first priority is to stay out of the relegation scrap.

He added: “We are optimistic but also realistic.

“Our goals have to be ticked off. Avoiding relegation is the first; everyone is so close this year that three or four wins can push you up the league.”