Chester delighted with Batchelor after impressive debut

Chris Chester spoke highly of England Academy star James Batchelor after impressing on his Wakefield debut.

The teenager made his Wildcats debut in defeat to Warrington on Sunday, picking up the man of the match award after an impressive performance against the Challenge Cup finalists.

Batchelor, who signed a four-year professional deal with the club earlier in the year, returned from England Academy’s tour of Australia earlier this month, starring in their Test series defeat to Australia Schoolboys.

Following his first appearance, Chester spoke highly of his star.

“I thought our young kids really stood up again and James Bachelor deservedly got our man of the match.

“Max Jowitt probably needs a rest but with the injuries we’ve got at the minute we had to juggle a few things around.”

Meanwhile, Chester praised his side despite falling short against the Wolves.

“We didn’t get beat on effort,” he said.

“We caused Warrington some problems in the first 40 minutes but came up with silly errors in key parts of the game and conceded two soft tries before half-time.

“However, we gave it everything and came up short. I wanted a reaction from the Wigan performance and I got one,”

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