High hopes for Dons chairman

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DONCASTER Rugby League Club chairman John Scarrow predicts that the newly-promoted side will be competitive in the Championship next season.

“We know that it is going to be tough and that we are not going to win the league, but I’m confident that we will hold our own,” he told The Star.

“We’ve signed 13 of last year’s title-winning side, which was important because, as well as them being good players, there was a tremendous team spirit within the squad.

“We’ve also signed some good players and we will again be getting players from Super League Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as part of the closer tie-up we announced on Thursday afternoon.”

Although the Dons will be sticking to the tight financial regime that they have adopted for the last three years, Scarrow says that, because the club are expecting bigger attendances next season due to the fact that they will have eight Yorkshire derbies next season, the overall playing budget has been increased by 20 per cent for next season.

Former Kiwi international centre Hall has welcomed closer links with the Wildcats’ new owners who turned things around so spectacularly last season.

“It is not just about them loaning us players,” he told The Star. “We will be working closely with them on a range of initiatives including business methods, marketing and promotion. Both clubs will be offering season-ticket-holders a discount to watch the other team play.

“We play on different days a lot of the time and we hope some Wakefield fans will take the opportunity to come and watch some of their best young players in action for the Dons,” said Hall, who said the club would not stand in the way of any Doncaster player who Wakefield coach Richard Agar thinks could make the grade in the top flight.