The lure of working with Paul Cooke proved to be too strong for new Dons recruit Danny Nicklas.
Former Hull FC stand-off Nicklas was confirmed as the latest piece in Cooke’s 2014 jigsaw yesterday.
The 22-year-old turned his back on an opportunity to stay on at Super League side Hull KR, where he ended last season, to join Doncaster.
Nicklas said: “Paul (Cooke) contacted me about joining Doncaster and I obviously know him from when we were both at Hull FC.
“He’s still a big name in the sport and he’s one of the main reasons why I signed for the club as I feel I can learn a lot from him as we both play in the same position.
“There was still the possibility of signing for Rovers but they couldn’t guarantee me anything until November and I didn’t want to let this opportunity pass me by.
“I just want to put last season behind me now and I’m looking forward to kicking on and playing with Doncaster next season.”
Nicklas captained Hull’s academy and reserve sides before making ten Super League appearances, only for a cruciate knee ligament injury to halt his progress.
He made a loan move with York City Knights permanent last season before departing for Hull KR.
Cooke said: “Danny’s a good kid and I know a lot about him from my time at Hull FC.
“He’s a talented young ball player with bags of potential and I’m sure he’ll be a major asset for the club.
“He’ll provide plenty of competition in the halves and is also adept in the hooking role if needed.”