Doncaster RLFC: Leaf hoping for extended run

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Long-serving Shaun Leaf is hoping that he did enough in the win over Workington Town last weekend to retain his place in Doncaster team to take on Rochdale Hornets at Spotland today.

Leaf, who came in at centre for Liam Welham, one of several players to be dropped, scored the last of the club’s tries in their 36-10 win over the visiting Cumbrians.

Prior to last weekend’s game, Leaf had featured in only six games – the last one being two months ago at Swinton.

“It was good to be back playing,” said the 30 year-old.

“It’s been a bit of a frustrating time this season with Liam (Welham) having played well and players such as Ben Crooks and Richard Whiting having come here as part of the dual-registration deal with Hull. I’ve also had the odd injury.

“But I’ve continued to work hard in training waiting for my chance and hopefully I did enough to keep my place in the team.”

Although Leaf blotted his copybook over a betting scandal which resulted in him being banned for 18 months by the RFL several years ago, he has proved a loyal servant.

“The club is very close to my heart and I’ve been a one-club man since joining in my late teens,” he said.

“I’d still like to be involved in some way when I finish playing.”

Leaf, who has played in numerous positions over the years, is hoping to be granted a testimonial.

Former half-back partner, Chris Hough, now assistant coach at Rochdale, will be celebrating his testimonial game this weekend.

“I hope things go well for Chris on the day apart from the result,” said Leaf.

“It’s a game we are expected to win but they’ve shown that they can score plenty of points so we are going to have to be on our game defensively, as we were against Workington, to come away with the points and complete the double.”