HE could prove to be one of the Dons’ most influential players this season but Bobbie Goulding Jnr is set to line up against them tomorrow.
The 19-year-old half back – son of former Great Britain ace Bobbie Goulding – is on dual registration terms at Doncaster from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
And although he will spend most of his time in the Championship with the Dons this season, he will play tomorrow’s friendly between the two clubs at the Keepmoat in the colours of his parent club.
Dons head coach Tony Miller was disappointed not to be able to call on Goulding but is excited about what he will offer this season.
“His kicking game is excellent and his goal kicking is outstanding,” Miller said.
“His performance in our friendly with Keighley was brilliant, especially to say it was his debut and he’s still such a young kid.
“He’s going to be a big player for us in what’s going to be a big season.
“Bobbie’s got all the signs of becoming a fantastic player and if we can benefit by helping him develop, that’s going to be great for us. It’s just unfortunate he’ll be up against us this weekend.”
Wakefield made a keen pursuit of Goulding in the closed season and finally snapped him up from Warrington Wolves in December.
His dual registration with the Dons came as part of the new close working relationship between the two clubs.
Goulding looks set to be part of a strong Wakefield side for tomorrow’s 3pm kick off at Doncaster.
Snow and ice have disrupted Wakefield’s preparations for the new Super League campaign and coach Kieran Agard is keen for his players to get game time.
Miller said: “Kieran says he’s got to bring the majority of the first team because they need to get out on the pitch and that’s a great thing for us.
“It’s going to be a really tough game.
“But I know our lads will be keen to show what they’re capable of against top quality, full-time opposition.”