Doncaster RLFC: Butterfield departs Dons

Doncaster RLFC's Mick Butterfield in action against Dewsbury Rams at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Doncaster RLFC's Mick Butterfield in action against Dewsbury Rams at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Strong-running full-back Mick Butterfield has played his last game for the Dons.

The ex-Normanton amateur, brought to the club several years ago by former head coach Tony Miller, has joined Championship One outfit Gateshead Thunder.

“Mick’s gone there on loan for the rest of the season and he doesn’t want to come back,” said player-coach Paul Cooke.

“Obviously he has found his chances limited since we moved Dave Scott from the wing.

“What we do (as a club) is to thank Mick for his efforts, not particularly this season when he’s found game-time hard to come by, but in previous seasons.

“We wish him and his family all the best for the future and hope that he finds somewhere to play rugby league next season which is all he wanted to do.

“As I say, we just found it difficult to give him a game this season due to the form of Dave Scott.

“Dave is a good player and that is why we signed him after his loan spell from Featherstone towards the end of last year.

“His positioning is good and he understands the game and we’ve not been able to leave him out.

“It’s always difficult when a player is not getting a game, but that was down to the form of Dave Scott not a lack of ability on Mick Butterfield’s part.”

Although second-rower Mike Kelly is nearing a return to action following a foot injury, Cooke says he will not be rushing him back until he is 100 per cent fit and he is unlikely to come into contention for Sunday’s home game against Sheffield Eagles.