More Cook talks as Dons land amateur ace Walsh

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DONCASTER Rugby League Club boss Tony Miller has boosted his squad ahead of the club’s opening pre-season game against Hunslet on Sunday week.

Utility forward Sam Welsh, who had been playing amateur rugby for Upton, has joined the club on a 12-month contract.

Welsh, who has played everywhere in the pack except hooker, impressed Miller whilst playing for Upton against Castleford side Fryston: “He was man-of-the-match against a Fryston side who had Gaz Handford and Mark Castle (both former Dons players) in their pack,” said Miller.

Dons are keen to sign former Super League star Paul Cook if they can put together a financial package. There are plans for a meeting between chief executive Carl Hall and the Hull-based half-back early next week.

Any deal is dependent on the Championship One club being able to raise enough money through their recently-launched squad-builder scheme, to be able to fund a full-time post for 30 year-old stand-off on the club’s community scheme.

“I don’t think we have raised enough money at the moment - though people can still download a pledge form from the club’s website - so I don’t know how we are going to do it but I’m leaving it to Carl to try,” said Miller.

“Hopefully he can make it happen but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Miller’s squad trained last night at their Lindholme base and will also be in tomorrow and Sunday.

Miller said: “I’m pleased with where we are and we are definitely ahead of where we were this time last year when like a lot of clubs we were badly affected by the weather,” said Miller.

The club, who will also play Sheffield Eagles in a pre-season game on January 22, have brought forward their final warm-up match against a Doncaster District side to January 29.

The game will serve as part of winger Dean Colton’s Testimonial.