Doncaster RLFC: Spurr hails influence of coach Cooke

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Chris Spurr has hailed Paul Cooke’s influence at Doncaster - on and off the pitch.

Spurr joined Cooke’s backroom team after hanging up his boots at the end of last season.

And with Cooke at the helm, Spurr believes the Dons are the best prepared team in the Championship.

“It’s a tough call for Paul being out on the field because when the rest of the players are looking up to you as the coach there is a lot of pressure,” said Spurr.

“There have been times this year when he has probably been disappointed in his own performance and has said to me that if I didn’t feel he should play the next game he wouldn’t.

“But he brings a lot to the team and we need him out on the field as much as we can because he is a big part of what we do.

“He’s done a great job this year and he showed by scoring two tries and having a hand in several others against Halifax last weekend, that he’s still got it.

“But it’s not just what he does in a game, it’s the things he does in training and away from the squad. No team in this division is better prepared than we are.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s final league game against ninth-placed Batley at the Keepmoat, Spurr said: “Batley are fighting to stay up and we’ve got a chance of finishing second, which, if we did, would be a massive achievement for the club. If we can get a result against Batley and finish second or third, we’ll be really confident going into the play-offs.

“We’ve got we’ve nothing to fear in the play-offs.”