Doncaster RLFC: Hull FC coach Lee Radford gives blessing to dual registration link-up

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Hull FC coach Lee Radford has given the thumbs up to his club’s dual-registration link with Doncaster RLFC.

Under the system, several of Hull’s exciting young prospects – some of whom played against Doncaster at the weekend - could be made available to the Dons.

“Even though we are running an under-23 side this year I’m still happy to let players come to Doncaster and we are hoping that they are going to be contenders next season,” Radford told The Star.

“Some of the under-23 games won’t be as strong as others.

“Playing the likes of Wigan will be a real test for our young guys whereas a Championship side’s second team probably isn’t going to be as good a hit as playing for Doncaster against teams such as Keighley. They will learn more playing at League One level.

“The dual-registration has worked well with Doncaster over the last couple of seasons,” he added.

“We’ve had a good relationship with Carl Hall for a long time and he has always made our boys feel welcome and hopefully that will continue.”

Skipper Kyle Kesik, who missed Sunday’s defeat, is set to return against fellow League One side Oxford this weekend.

“He got a bang on his shoulder in training and would probably have played had it been a league game but I didn’t want to risk it in a friendly,” said coach Gary Thornton.

Thornton is hoping that most of the players currently injured, none of whom are expected to play on Sunday, will feature in the final warm-up game against Leeds Rhinos at the Keepmoat on February 7.