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#3112522 new signings

Posted by TheTerminator on Today, 08:09 AM

Plenty of quality Australian players in the domestic French league which will soon be drawing to a close. Surely a decent halfback over there who we can source.
Time to abandon this ridiculous 'no overseas players' policy if we're to survive.

#3112377 new signings

Posted by TheTerminator on Yesterday, 08:14 PM

Either reinforce the squad with some much-needed quality in key areas or we go down. It's that simple. Doncaster have strengthened and aren't too far away from their first win, and Hunslet, Workington and Haven all have more firepower than us.
Other clubs are doing it, so why aren't we? The old 'no-one's available' excuse simply isn't valid.

#3112043 new signings

Posted by TheTerminator on Yesterday, 10:26 AM

Heard from a couple of very reliable sources that we're looking at Pila Manua, a Fijian scrum-half who's been playing RU in North Yorkshire. Set for trials this week.

#3109783 Leigh Away

Posted by TheTerminator on 21 April 2015 - 09:29 PM

Leigh 70 Batley 12.

#3107793 more bad news

Posted by TheTerminator on 17 April 2015 - 11:31 PM

I'd say that the really 'genuine' fans are the ones who aren't afraid to challenge, state their opinions and express their disappointment - as opposed to the sycophantic 'happy clappers' who won't/daren't say a word against anything.
Just to reiterate, as a 'genuine' fan of the club, I'm hugely disappointed that, whilst all of our rivals are currently strengthening with quality, experienced players, we've signed a young amateur player who didn't stand out for me at all during pre-season. I'd also like to add that, if Jacob Morgan is the only player we are able to add to our squad at a time of relative desperation (especially when other rival clubs are recruiting quality and experience), then our status as a Championship club will soon be under real threat.
I could lie and say; 'Wow! Fantastic! Well done to all concerned!". However, I don't feel that way whatsoever.
Seriously, this week our Heavy Woollen rivals have signed a former NRL halfback who would have been ideal for us, Doncaster have signed a prop who was playing NRL in 2014 (and a former England wingman last week), and Whitehaven have today recruited two forwards from Leigh who were in Super League last season.
I sincerely hope that we get to experience some excitement very soon.

#3107053 more bad news

Posted by TheTerminator on 16 April 2015 - 07:52 PM

Of course they have. They finished a lot higher thane we did last season, and spent very little on recruitment this season.

Neither did we. We signed unknowns, a few journeyman, untried kids and three Whitehaven players.
We've been playing at a higher level than Doncaster for the majority of the last decade and a half. Shouldn't we naturally be in a better financial position than them - regardless of 2014 prize money?
Doesn't having our own ground enable us to raise more revenue than clubs who don't?

#3106812 half back

Posted by TheTerminator on 16 April 2015 - 12:03 PM

Theo Fages or whatever his name is,he's a very good player & he's better than any of the half backs at batley & that Includes Leatherbarrow when fit. I'm surprised you didn't go for Ben Reynolds from Leigh before he went to Donny on loan!!!

Me too Graham, me too. I'm also surprised that, given our current dearth of wingers, we didn't move for Peter Fox either.

#3105866 History repeating

Posted by TheTerminator on 14 April 2015 - 07:39 AM

Some people think you can wave a magic wand and all of a sudden be challenging for silverware. We are a small club with one of the lowest attendances in the division. Because of this we can't afford a 30+ squad of players. We have been unlucky with injuries to key players. Now we are having below par players filling in and others out of position to make a full 17.

Have a bit of faith. We haven't been too far away from winning games as it is. I believe once players like Craven, Leatherbarrow, JC, and Faal return we will win more games.

Trust in Kear too. I hate the football mentality of "get rid" without even looking at the circumstances, being realistic, or even looking at the alternatives. If at the end of a season we still aren't happy then fair enough. But why don't we try actually getting behind Kear and the lads until then?

It's the 'small club' mentality that continues to hold us back from progressing.
I had an interesting conversation with a learned Featherstone fan on Sunday, who couldn't believe that, with all our income streams, we are perennially 'skint'. Maybe he's got a point.

#3105712 WTF

Posted by TheTerminator on 13 April 2015 - 06:51 PM

As I've previously stated, Jonny Campbell has often used the 'swan dive' to his (and our) advantage. Did we castigate him for his crimes and label him a 'cheat'? George Flanagan was also partial to a bit of play acting.
People in glass houses and all that.

#3105204 History repeating

Posted by TheTerminator on 12 April 2015 - 06:53 PM

I've said before, JK is the best asset at Batley. Unfortunately we don't have the funding to pull in class halves and big name forwards. Imagine what Kear could do with the resources of Leigh/Fev/Sheffield.

You're mad if you think he's the reason behind our recent performances. You can see that certain players don't look comfortable in certain circumstances. Sometimes the players have to suck it in and do their work properly. It's not always down to the coach.

Like Joani Mitchell said "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone".

I really can't fathom all this 'no money' business.
I remember back in the early 90's when we used to regularly stump up £10-15'000 for a Lee Hanlan or a Jimmy Irvine to bolster the ranks when necessary. Obviously the transfer market has changed drastically in that fees are rarely involved, but during the period I'm referring to we had none of the income streams (aside from gate receipts) that we have now - and no prize money or central funding.
Are we really saying that we couldn't afford ONE 'marquee' signing during the close season to replace Ben Black and nudge us over the line in winning positions??? If we're lagging so far behind other clubs that we have to struggle by every season just to maintain our status, then what's the future for us at this level?

#3105174 History repeating

Posted by TheTerminator on 12 April 2015 - 06:14 PM

Craig Lingard and Gary Thornton (either assisted by Joe Berry) - that'd be our shortlist for the job if Kear went.
I'll stick with Kear, thanks.

#3102730 Kear on his way?

Posted by TheTerminator on 08 April 2015 - 12:03 PM

I like Kear and rate him as a coach.
However, although the attritional style he favours does work, it's only effective if a team has quality halfbacks who can dictate a game and create opportunities once the opposition has been ground down. Unfortunately, we don't have those players. I'm sure he'd hoped that Southernwood and Leatherbarrow could do that for us, but sadly they aren't able to.
I still maintain that we should have made a quality 6 or 7 our top priority during pre season.

#3100315 attack

Posted by TheTerminator on 04 April 2015 - 08:59 AM

Here we go I wondered how long it would take,yes we didn't play all that well but we didn't have to,I thought that batley side last night was no better than the batley side we beat good Friday last season. Admitted you missed Campbell & Craven as Jordan Grayston will never make a fullback as long as he's got a hole in his ######!! But we'd a few players that we've got to come into that team that will improve us. As for you making us look good after talking to a mate of mine who's a Doncaster fan the same could be said about them making you look good!!

To be honest Graham, Dewsbury didn't 'look good' last night. Far from it. It was jusy that we were absolutely awful in al departments. You yourself have made a link to our performance against Doncaster - last night was just a progression of that same drivel.

#3098734 when is.......

Posted by TheTerminator on 01 April 2015 - 09:28 PM

Who's this other forward then, or are we still talking about Fozzard? We need a couple of backs on loan sharpish, get back to Halifax for Heaton if available and Potts too, they don't seem to be 'in' at the moment.

Take it you haven't read any of Halifax's match reports for the past few weeks.

#3097308 Doncaster 14 Batley 16

Posted by TheTerminator on 30 March 2015 - 11:38 AM

Your part time use of deodorant and toothpaste was apparently evident on the bus again.

Im on the bus for the long trip to London, make sure you bring your Lynx Africa with you.

I prefer 'Axe' - a cheaper alternative available from all B&M stores which is equally effective in terms of round the clock dryness. Fresh!