The Dons are hoping a change of venue could lead to a change of fortunes when they entertain in-form London Broncos at Doncaster Knights’ Castle Park tomorrow (3pm).
It will be the second time that the club, who beat Whitehaven there last year, have played at Castle Park and they hope to carry on from where they left off 12 months ago in a ‘must win’ game in their battle against relegation.
Doncaster welcome back half back prospect Richard Wilkinson and former Super League second-rower Steve Snitch but Pasqualle Dunn and Hull FC duo James Cunningham and Jansin Turgut are ruled out through injury.
Hull have made prop Josh Bowden and young utility-back Curtis Naughton available for selection.
Thornton has also persuaded former Batley and Halifax half-back Paul Mennell to come out of retirement and he is set to make his debut tomorrow.
“He’s not played this season but he’s only 28 and he’s a naturally fit lad,” said Thornton.
“It will possibly take a little time for him to get up to the speed of the game and get used to the contact aspect. But he’s an experienced campaigner and I’m sure he’ll be firing on all cylinders after a game or two. He and Richard have trained together this week and they are already starting to gel.”
Broncos beat Batley Bulldogs on Wednesday night – a game watched by Thornton.
“They are one of the form teams in the division and became the first side to beat Leigh this season on Sunday so it’ll be another big test for us,” he said.
“But they were made to work hard by Batley and I’m hoping, with it being their third game in eight days, fatigue could be a factor.”