Has the club actually made a statement on the matter? Can't see anything on either website or FB. One or two posters seem to think that the 2 players are to be kept on. It's not often that I would call into doubt the boards' intentions, but here I would have to if the players are retained. Rules are rules, they knew the rules yet decided to flout those laws knowing that they could be caught, and that it would impact on the club in a very important season, just to make extra money. For those who do think that the players are to be kept on and will be costing, I would imagine that this situation will also have been gone into in depth. Having seen the team at Leigh today, it is painfully obvious that our back line is not strong,but to have to now botch up in light of this development will not do us much good. The 2 players should be sacked, if not the rest of the league will assume that Batley condones rule-breaking and cheating. No amount of explanation and ringing of hands will get past that. There must be any number of unattached players at this stage of the season who would suit us and fit into position rather than filling centre with a converted 2nd rower, much as I like Bretherton, but as a 2nd rower. I think we are putting too much pressure on the pack to shine and lead us through the season. AND I see that today Giants DR's are noticeable by their absence, the likes of Mullaley, Johnson and Fairbank all fitted into our team as though they were our own, and Connor, who starred at no.6 against Keighley finds himself on the wing! Surely not inspired thinking. I am left to wonder what the situation is with the likes of Finegan, brought in as a direct replacement for Johnson yet not picked despite there being no report on an injury etc.