Doncaster RLFC: Cooke lays bare reason for Spurr return

Chris Spurr came out of retirement for Sunday's Challenge Cup win over Hemel. Picture: Rob Terrace
Chris Spurr came out of retirement for Sunday's Challenge Cup win over Hemel. Picture: Rob Terrace
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Paul Cooke has laid bare the reasons for Chris Spurr coming out of retirement.

Spurr made a try scoring return in Sunday’s Challenge Cup win over Hemel.

And, according to Cooke, his coaching sidekick will be mightily relieved that that counts him out of the club’s customary ‘Naked Run’.

“We took Chris down as an 18th man down to the Army because we wanted to give Scott Spaven a break after playing so many minutes.

“The same case was made against Hemel. Mark Castle could’ve probably played but we didn’t want to risk him and we wanted to give Dave Scott a break.

“So it was either Dave Scott or Chris Spurr and Spurr won. It was nothing other than giving Dave [Scott] a break.”

Spurr retired at the end of the last season to take up a coaching position at the club.

Cooke joked: “He’s happy he scored a try and doesn’t have to run the Naked Run at the end of the year!

“He keeps himself in good shape and he’s there if we need to call upon him.

“We’ll probably just use him in the cup but he might play some league games. It depends how bad we get with regards to injuries.

“Next week we might get five dual-reg and loan players so we’ll have some reinforcements. As it stands, we’ve got four from Hull and Matty [Wildie].”

Cooke will this week find out the extent of injuries to Scott Spaven, Danny Nicklas and Matt Carbutt.

Carbutt will miss this weekend’s visit of North Wales Crusaders anyway to get married.