Trialist Keenen Tomlinson has signed a one year deal with The Bulldogs and will feature in the Boxing Day Heavy Woollen Derby tie against local rivals Dewsbury Rams as the two sides battle for the Roy Powell Trophy.

The 20 year old utility can fit into the back row or play in the back line and after impressing Coach Matt Diskin in pre-season trainin will join the Batley squad for 2018.

With a number of new players joining the club Diskin has a selection dilemma for the Christmas game “Training has been excellent and we’re delighted with how things are going. The new boys are fitting in really well and competition for places is tight, it’s a great problem to have. There’s a real buzz around the camp at the moment and we’re looking forward to getting going on the field”.

Kick off is Midday on Tuesday, at Dewsbury, and is sure to be an entertaining game.