Top amateur players put Dons to test

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THE Dons complete their pre-season build-up with a ground-breaking game against the cream of the local amateur scene at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday, January 30, 2011 (3pm).

Dons boss Tony Miller admits that the club’s second and final warm-up game against the Doncaster Select couldn’t be much more different than last Sunday’s outing against Super League giants Hull FC.

But he admits that he is looking forward to what the club, who are keen to forge closer links with the local amateur scene, hope will be the first of an annual pre-season fixture.

“It will be a completely different game to the Hull game but we certainly won’t be underestimating them,” he told The Star.

“There certainly won’t be any complacency because there will be places up for grabs for our first game of the season at Featherstone next Friday.

“There has been a lot of competition in training, and that’s the environment that I want to create at the club.

“I know some people might think otherwise after the Hull game, but we are on track. I am quite happy where we are and I’m confident that we are going to be a force in Championship One this season.

“I think we’ve got the best squad we’ve had for a while and the players have trained hard and there is a great team spirit in the camp.”

As well as giving his charges a final run-out before their Northern Rail Cup clash at Post Office Road next weekend, Miller says the game offers their opponents a chance to impress.

“It gives the amateur lads the chance to play at the Keepmoat and show what they can do and if anyone looks the part they’ll get an invite to train with the team,” he said,.”I’d love to have more Doncaster players come through,

“I would hope that we are able to run an Under-20s side next year because that would give us more opportunity to attract more local talent.”