Fit-again Coady is back with the Dons

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THE Dons have been boosted by the return of Leeds’ centre Mike Coady.

Coady started his professional career with the Dons before being snapped up by the Super League giants after just a handful of games,

The former Loughborough student returned to the club earlier in the season on a month’s loan after being unable to force his way into the star-studded Leeds’ back division.

But he returned to Headingley after suffering a recurrence of a shoulder injury early in his second game at Whitehaven.

“Mike’s shoulder is okay now and he played for Leeds in last week’s Nines’ competition,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.

“Mike’s had some bad luck with illness and injury since he switched to rugby league but he’s a very talented player, who and we are pleased to have him back.

“He just needs to get some games under his belt and to get his confidence back and hopefully he will do that whilst he is with us.

“He trained with us on Tuesday and fitted in well and will come into contention for Sunday’s game at Gateshead.”

With Leeds saying that he will only be recalled if he is required for first-team duty, Mike could be with us for the rest of the season, which is good news.”

Coady’s return to the club helps soften the blow of losing Hull’s dual-registered second-rower Chris Green.

The 6ft 5in tall 20 year-old forward is facing a six-week lay off after a scan revealed a torn stomach muscle injury which will require surgery.

Back-rower Carl Hughes resumed training on Tuesday, when Miller put his charges through their paces after giving them a week off, following several weeks on the sidelines. But fellow back-rower Craig Robinson sat out the session with a Achilles tendon problem.

“We’ll see how Craig is tomorrow night,” said Miller. “But if there is any doubt about his fitness then we won’t risk him.

“You’ve got to be careful with such injuries. If you try and rush them you could end up being without a player for four or five weeks, so it’s not worth it.”