THE Dons are looking to supporters and the local business community to help them sign former Super League star Paul Cooke.
The 30 year-old stand-off, who played for both Hull clubs prior to joining Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, has been out of the game for over year after deciding to take time away to deal with some personal problems,
But he is now keen to get back into the sport and has told Dons’ that if they can fix him up with a full-time job within the development department he would willing to fit in with their match-payment structure.
Chief executive Carl Hall met with Cooke last month and told a meeting at the Keepmoat Stadium last night that the 6’ 5” half-back had a job but that it wasn’t conducive to being a semi-professional rugby league player because he sometimes worked away.
Dons’ boss Tony Miller, who called the meeting, said he was looking for supporters to make pledges to cover Cooke’s wages were he to join the club’s development team.
“We can’t afford it ourselves. We’ve got a pay structure and we aren’t going to break it,” he told The Star.
Cooke has proved something of a controversial character at times during his career but Miller believes that is all behind him,
“I was impressed with his honesty when we met him,” he said. “He admits that he has made a lot of mistakes in the game, but he has got his life back on track and I think he wants to put something back into the game.
He would be a massive signing for us, both on and off the field, and he’d really stand out at Championship One level. It’s not like he’s on his last legs; I think he can play for a few more years.
“We’ve got to get out of Championship One next season; we’ don’t want to be in this division in 2013 when several new teams, including Northampton, are joining the league.