Doncaster RLFC’s Sheriff hoping to stop Keighley stealing the points

Louis Sheriff has become a valuable member of the Dons squad. Photo: Rob Terrace
Louis Sheriff has become a valuable member of the Dons squad. Photo: Rob Terrace

Louis Sheriff has proved himself a key member of Doncaster RLFC's squad wherever he has played in the back division.

The 24-year-old Sheriff has turned out at full-back, wing and stand-off for the club since moving to the Keepmoat Stadium from Gateshead a couple of years ago.

“Full-back is my preferred position because I’ve played there most of my career prior to joining Doncaster, but with Tom Carr playing well it’s a case of having to be patient,” he said.

“Apart from when Tom was missing or playing out of position, I played most of last season on the wing and sort of made it my own and finished the club’s top try-scorer.

“I also played a few games at stand-off due to injury and I’ve also played the odd game there this season.

“Without doubt it’s the hardest position for me to play.

“It can be difficult playing such an important role on the odd occasion but in training I don’t just play on the wing I also play at half-back and full-back which helps.

“It can be difficult playing several positions rather than just one, but I’m happy to play anywhere in the backs if it helps the team.”

Having dropped a point in their last home game against London Skolars, Sheriff, who played full-back at the weekend, says the Dons will have to play better to beat Keighley,

“I know quite a few players at Keighley including the likes of Mike Emmett,” he said. “He is one of several good signings they made during the close season.

“They beat us at their place in the iPro Cup at the start of the season and they’ll probably fancy their chances on Sunday.

“It’s an important game and we’ve got to turn up and play well for the full 80 minutes and we can’t afford to drop away in the second half like we did against London Skolars in a draw which felt more like a defeat after leading 22-4 at half time.

“It was vital that we got back on the winning trail at Hemel last weekend after three league games without a win.

“On paper it was a game we were expected to win but we had to go there with the right attitude.

“Hopefully we can now build a bit of momentum and kick-on in what is probably the toughest section of our League One campaign with games against all three Cumbrian clubs next month.”