Award-winning Kear ready for Welsh adventure

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear, who this week received the award for Championship coach of the Year, is relishing leading Wales into action this autumn.

Wales are set to play Serbia in Llanelli and Italy in Monza this autumn, in World Cup qualifiers, and Kear is challenging his players to raise their levels.

“It’s a big autumn for Wales. We as a nation, our group of players and coaches are looking forward to it greatly,” he said.

“It’s a difficult qualification group but I certainly feel, we need to write the wrongs of the 2013 World Cup, not only just to qualify but then to perform better at the finals.

“It’ll be tough game against Serbia. I’ve seen some footage of their games and they’re big, robust and aggressive.

“They’re maybe not as game aware as some but will present a physical challenge.

“We’re still in dark about Italy as don’t know how many NRL players will be in their squad, but we’ll look at that as soon as we know. A lot to look forward to.”

Kear was also delighted to have received his award, particularly as it was voted for by his fellow professionals.

“This award means a great deal to me,” he said.

“I think the major thing is that it’s been voted for by other coaches as it shows the respect that they have for you. It’s a really humbling award.

“I believe we’ve done a pretty good job at Batley. We’ve improved as the competition have gone on and to play in front of the large crowds recently have been a big reward for the players for their hard work.

“The players, board of directors and coaches have all been marvellous and I think the club can build from this in 2017.”

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