Doncaster RLFC: Returning Hodson set for second Dons debut

Dons' Tom Hodson. Picture: Andrew Roe

Dons' Tom Hodson. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Player-coach Paul Cooke could hand a debut to utility back Tom Hodson against Whitehaven this weekend, after he rejoined the Dons following a spell in rugby union.

Hodson was a member of the Dons’ promotion-winning side of 2012, before he joined Featherstone.

The winger/full-back later signed for Huddersfield RU where he helped them win the National League Three North championship - scoring 10 tries and a total of 273 points.

Cooke said: “We know all about Tom’s pedigree and his ability and he’ll be good for us.

“Whitehaven have been up and down, and when there’s a lot at stake at that end of the table teams can get desperate.

“When someone goes to Batley and scores 30 points to win you have to sit up and take notice.

“Our consistency hasn’t been great either form-wise, and if we played like we did against Barrow we won’t get away with it again.”

Brett Waller, Liam Cunningham, Danny Nicklas and Mike Kelly remain sidelined for the club.

However, Doncaster should be boosted by duo Shaun Leaf and Mark Castle who should come into contention for Sunday’s league encounter.