FORMER Doncaster skipper Craig Lawton, who helped the club out for a fortnight when they were down on numbers, could be back in action in tomorrow’s Championship One game against Oldham at the Whitebank Stadium.
Lawton quit the sport due to work commitments midway through last season and intimated that the same problem would prevent him returning to play on a regular basis this season after playing in the opening two games.
“Craig has been down training this week and has made himself available,” said Dons boss Tony Miller. “I can only assume that he has been able to come to an agreement with his employers. Whatever the reason it is good to have him back.”
Half-back Aaron Dobek is expected to be available after recovering from the ankle injury he picked up in his first game of the season.
Miller will also be boosted by the return of dual-registered Hull FC centre Nev Morrison - recalled by the Super League club over the busy Easter period.
But teammate Chris Green, who also missed the Dons Easter Monday defeat at home to leaders Swinton Lions, will remain with the KC Stadium-based club this weekend.
Miller will also be without fellow back-rower Matt Carbutt and full-back Mick Butterfield.
“Mick’s picked up another dead-leg injury so we are looking to get him some padded protection,” he said.
The Dons travel across the Pennines tomorrow looking to halt a run of three defeats.
“I don’t think that we’ve played badly in those games,” said Miller. “We finished well in all three games; we just need to start better.”
Miller will be joining his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ counterpart, John Kear, at the Lakeside on Monday to promote next weekend’s Rugby League Challenge Cup fourth round tie between the two clubs at the Keepmoat Stadium.