DONCASTER Knights’ new-look squad reported back for pre-season training yesterday ahead of the start of the 2011-12 Championship season in September.
All but four of the 27-man squad featured in the first of four weekly sessions at the club’s Castle Park base under the watchful eye of conditioner Paul Devlin.
Unlike last season when several week-long breaks were factored into the pre-season programme, the players will have just one six-day break between now and the start of the season - and they will have to earn it according to new director of rugby, Brett Davey.
“They will only have the break if they hit their various fitness targets,” said Davey, who acted as Lynn Howells’ No 2 last season. “The next few weeks are going to be hard because if the boys want to play the way we can play they are going to be fitter than last season.”
Although having to work on a reduced budget, Davey says he is happy with the versatility and ability of his squad.
“No-one is here just for the money; they are here because they want to be,” he told The Star.
Knights’ supporters will get their first look at Davey’s squad on August 5th when they entertain Hull in the first of three warm-up games.
“We want to try and get something specific out of each of the three games,” he said.