DONS’ boss Tony Miller is looking to 21 year-old forward Jack Ely to play an influential role in the club’s Championship One promotion bid.
Ely scored a try and had a hand in two others in Sunday’s 40-22 win over London Skolars.
“Jack has been a bit overweight to be honest and he knows that,” said Miller.
“But he’s recently changed jobs and he’s been working hard to lose a bit of weight and I think that he is starting to show the sort of form he showed at the end of last season when I thought that he was outstanding in the closing games.
“He knows what he has to do and he is doing it. I thought that he had his best game of the season on Sunday.”
Miller is hoping that Ely will be in similar form in Sunday’s testing game against Rochdale at Spotland this weekend in the third meeting of the two sides this season.
“We beat them at Spotland in the Northern Rail Cup but we lost to them at home in the league,” said Ely. “We know it is going to be tough because they are a big strong unit and they’ve got some good players. But we are fit and fast and I’m confident that we’ll turn them over at the back end of both halves.
“We’ve won our last four games and are only a point off the second-placed club with a game in hand and the other teams are going to be looking out for us in the run-in.
“We lost five on the trot after making a good start but we’ve definitely turned the corner now and we are performing well every week and we fear no-one in this league.
“We’ve got a tough month ahead of us with trips to leaders Swinton and Keighley. We lost to both of them at home but I’m confident that we will beat them in the return games.”