Dons quick to sign Super League star Clare

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DONCASTER Rugby League Club will have one of the fastest players in the game in their ranks next season.

The newly-promoted Championship club, who lost Tom Hodson to Featherstone Rovers at the end of last season, as well as being hit by the retirement of long-serving Dean Colton, have signed Castleford utility-back James Clare on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old, who stands 6ft 2ins finished fourth during the summer in the race to find Super League’s fastest player.

Castleford-based Clare can play either wing or full-back, but Dons boss Tony Miller, although welcoming the fact that Clare can provide extra cover for strong-running No 1 Mick Butterfield, is likely to use him more as a winger.

“I don’t mind where I play if it will help the team,” said Clare, who can play on either flank.

Clare made a couple of senior appearances for the Super League club last season but played the vast majority of his rugby in the Castleford Under-20s team.

“The Under-20s League has been disbanded because Super League clubs think young players will develop playing on loan in the Championship,” Clare told The Star.

“I would have liked to see a Under-23s League but having said that I’m looking forward to playing for Doncaster. They had a very good season in 2012 and I’ve seen clips of them and they played some very good rugby.

“I was given a tour of the stadium this week by Tony and was very impressed and I can’t wait to play there next season.

“I start pre-season training with Castleford on Monday and I will continue to train there but will also take part in team-building sessions at Doncaster and I will also take part in some skills sessions down here.

“My contract with Doncaster starts in February and I will be here for the rest of the season unless there is an injury crisis at Castleford. I hope to play before then, however, and I’m hoping to play in at least one of the club’s warm-up games in January.”