Bulldogs secure trial duo

Batley Bulldogs have completed the signings of triallist duo Aiden Ineson and Tom Harrington on a permanent basis for the 2020 campaign.
The Dewsbury Moor duo have both impressed coach Craig Lingard (pictured) in training.
Halfback Ineson was set to go straight in the Bulldogs side to face Toulouse on Saturday, while centre Harrington will have to wait longer for his debut.
Lingard explained: “The issue with Tom is that he has a ban from the amateur game that we thought he’d served, but the RFL has confirmed he hasn’t.
“So he has four games to serve here, but he’s looked good in training and we wanted to give him a chance.
“He came through the same system at Wakefield that Lucas Walshaw and Dale Morton did, but has been back in the amateur game since then.
“Aiden got his shot at the weekend through merit. We’ve been really pleased with what he’s been doing in training.
“Now it’s down to him to play well and keep the shirt.
“We told him before the game that there was no pressure on him – if he could perform at Toulouse, which is probably the hardest away game of the season, then it will stand him in good stead.”
Lingard went into the game missing a number of key figures, including Luke Hooley who has damaged his shoulder and hopes to be back to face Whitehaven in two weeks.
James Brown has suffered a recurrence of a rib complaint, while Lucas Walshaw didn’t receive a new passport in time to travel and Joe Taira was prevented from doing so by visa restrictions.
Dave Scott pulled out just before travelling with illness, but Tyler Dickinson and Tom Lillycrop both returned.