Dons sign Hull centre Morrison on loan

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DONCASTER signed Hull FC centre Ned Morrison yesterday in a dual registration deal for the rest of the season.

Under the agreement the Super League club can recall Morrison were they to suffer an injury crisis with the player then able to rejoin the Championship One club when they no longer required his services without the need for any further paper work.

The 22 year-old, who can also play on the wing, trained with the Dons on Wednesday night and is set to make his debut in tomorrow’s Rugby League Challenge Cup third round tie against Thatto Heath at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Morrison played for the black and whites in their first pre-season game at the Keepmoat Stadium in January, but since the season kicked off last month he has been playing for the club’s Under-20s side, for whom he scored a hat-trick against Huddersfield last week.

Dons boss Tony Miller is delighted to have secured Morrison’s services.

“He is well thought off at Hull and he has been playing really well for their Under-20s and nearly made the first-team the other week,” he told The Star.

“I think that we’ve lacked a bit of firepower on the fringes this season and Ned will definitely will give us that. He’s quick and he’s also a good defensive player.

“As I say, he is really well thought off by Hull and they want him to be playing regularly. Having spoken to Ned he is happy with the situation.

Miller has ruled skipper Shaun Leaf and stand-off Craig Fawcett out of tomorrow’s game.

“I think that they both need another week,” he said.

“Full-back Mick Butterfield had a bit of a knock to a shoulder injury he has been carrying at Rochdale last weekend, and we’ll be checking on him at tonight’s light training session but I’m hoping he’s going to be okay.”

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