Dons’ boss is ‘guarded’ on Leaf’s future

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DONCASTER boss Tony Miller has refused to speculate on whether former skipper Shaun Leaf would be given the chance to resurrect his career at the club after he completes his 18-month suspension.

The 27 year centre was handed the ban, as well as a £500 fine, after being found guilty by a Rugby Football League tribunal of breaking RFL rules on gambling on games featuring the Dons as well as other teams.

Leaf was the longest serving player on the club’s books when being suspended by the RFL in May after claim in a national newspaper that he had bet on the outcome of the Dons-Wakefield Challenge Cup tie.

Although Leaf was injured and didn’t play in the game he was still in breach of strict RFL regulations on gambling on the outcome of matches.

The paper, who are reported to have paid former team-mate David Bates to help set Leaf up, also claimed that he had bet on several other games including the Toulouse-Dons’ game two years ago.

Miller said that he didn’t condone Leaf’s actions but defended the player. “I wouldn’t like to comment until I’ve seen a transcript of the hearing,” said Miller.

“But Shaun never gave less than 100 per cent every time he played for the club.”

Miller said that Bates had ‘gone down in his estimation’ for the part he played in exposing Leaf.

Leaf joined the club in 2000 after impressing the then boss St John Ellis playing for GB Students. He was appointed captain at the start of the season.