Craig Lingard appointed new Batley coach

Batley have appointed Craig Lingard as the club’s new head coach.

Lingard has taken over from Matt Diskin, who parted company with the Bulldogs after three seasons in charge earlier this week.

A former assistant coach to John Kear at Batley, Lingard took his first head coaching role at Keighley in 2017 until he left the Cougars earlier in the season.

Lingard won 31 out of 63 games in his two years as head coach of Keighley.

He played for Batley between 1998-08, scoring 142 tries in 206 appearances for the West Yorkshire club.

In a second move by the Bulldogs, Northern Rail Cup winning coach Karl Harrison will act as a consultant advisor to the coaching staff.


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