'To play for Dewsbury was an honour' – Maun

By Trevor Watson DEWSBURY Rams' centre Danny Maun said there had been no fall out and his decision to leave Tetley's Stadium and return to his former club Batley Bulldogs was based purely on sentiment.

Maun's move came as a surprise to Dewsbury. He revealed that the Rams offer for him to sign for another season had been more than the one made by Batley. He added: "Dewsbury offered me a good deal but I want to go back to Mount Pleasant for the right reasons. I suppose my heart is really at Batley, they gave me my first real chance.

"The Dewsbury fans might find it hard to do so but I hope they understand. I have had two great years with the Rams and made many good friends, there has been no fall out with anyone. To play for Dewsbury was an honour because I had watched Dewsbury and Batley as a boy and was very proud to play for both.

"Winning the Division Two title with the Rams was massive for me because I have never won a trophy as a professional. I have seen the passion of both sets of supporters and appreciate how they feel.

"I don't think the move is a backward step and I feel a need to repay Batley for leaving them three years ago. I have some good mates up there in people like Linners (Craig Lingard), Tim Spears and Kris Lythe, while Ian Preece is also going and Francis Maloney is there. Speaking to their coach Gary Thornton convinced me to move, I am still only 26 and feel I have a lot yet to offer."

Maun signed for Wigan from St John Fisher but did not make it into their first team and was released and joined Batley. He was at Mount Pleasant for four seasons, making 117 appearances and scoring 46 tries, before having one year at Featherstone Rovers where he scored 11 tries. He joined the Rams two years ago and has made 55 appearances, scoring 17 tries.