Batley sign Farrell from rivals Dewsbury

Batley Bulldogs have completed the signing of forward Joel Farrell from local rivals Dewsbury.

Farrell, who has scored 14 tries in 57 appearances for the Rams, joined the club at the start of the 2014 season, before particularly impressing this year.

A proven quality Championship player, Farrell will help fill the void left by outgoing forward Keegan Hirst, who will join Super League side Wakefield ahead of the 2017 season.