DONCASTER have received a double boost ahead of tomorrow’s crucial Championship One title clash against second-placed Workington Town at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Dual-registered backs Danny Cowling and Liam Cunningham proved their fitness after long injury-lay-offs by playing for their Super League clubs’ Under-20s sides and both will come into contention to face the Cumbrians, who overturned an 18-0 deficit to beat the Dons 45-18 up at Derwent Park in May.
“It good news that they are both available, particularly as we’ve lost full-back Mick Butterfield and winger Tom Hodson in recent games and we are going to have to make changes to our back division,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.
Miller will keep the Cumbrians guessing as to who will take over from the strong-running Butterfield, but he is likely to opt to switch leading try-scorer Lee Waterman from centre rather than winger Stu Sanderson.
“They’ve both played there before so it’s not a problem for either,” he said. “But Lee has the most experience so I might go with him.”
Miller, will be reluctant to move Waterman, who is within sight of beating the club’s try-scoring record of 31 in his first season at the club.
“I knew he would score tries for us because he scored tries for York, but I didn’t know how many,” said Miller.
“He’s got himself fitter since he’s been here - he’s lost a stone - and scored some good tries. But he would be the first to admit that he’s also got some good players around him.”
Long-serving back-rower Craig Lawson will come into contention after shaking off a back problem which has sidelined him in recent weeks.
“Craig has trained without any problems and he’ll come into contention,” said Miller.
Fellow back-rower Grant Edwards is on the verge of a return after a career-threatening knee injury in May.
“Grant has been in full training for a couple of weeks and it’s good to have him back ahead of schedule,” said Miller. “I’m not sure that he will be involved tomorrow but he’ll feature in the run in.
“In addition to being a very good defensive player, Grant does the little things well in attack.”