Doncaster Knights: Clive Griffiths may Sharp-en up Knights

Flashback: Winger Will Sharp, far right, in his rugby league playing days for Hull FC. Picture: Terry Carrott
Flashback: Winger Will Sharp, far right, in his rugby league playing days for Hull FC. Picture: Terry Carrott
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CLIVE Griffiths concedes he may have to field code switching winger Will Sharp sooner rather than later in a bid to ignite the Knights’ survival bid.

A 14-9 defeat to fellow strugglers London Scottish in a must-win clash at Castle Park last weekend left the Knights five points adrift of safety with only eight games to go.

Griffiths initially only wanted to field former Super League speedster Sharp when he was fully integrated into the rugby union set-up.

But after witnessing what he termed a “soul destroying” performance against Scottish, the Welshman believes it may be time to throw caution to the wind.

Griffiths said: “I’ve tried plenty of different permutations but it’s back to the drawing board again. We brought in Will Sharp and he’s spent the first week embedding in.

“It would have been a big, big call putting him in against Scottish but we have to try something.

“He has been playing a little bit of rugby union recently and he started out in union when he was a teenager, but it’s not been at this level.

“He’s a proven Super League player so he won’t have any fear of the intensity of it or the challenge of it.

“The only worry for him is the tactical side of it and we have to get him up to speed on that before we launch him into it.

“We’ll see how he goes in training this week before we make the final decision.”

Sharp rose to prominence with Harlequins RL before being snapped up by Hull FC where he became a regular starter in Super League with impressive pace and power.

The Bradford-born winger suffered a career threatening medial ligament injury last summer and has been without a club since his contract expired with Hull at the end of the season. It is believed the 26-year-old is hoping to return to Super League in the future but has opted to switch codes in order to regain his fitness at a high level.

The Knights, meanwhile, head to play-off chasing Cornish Pirates on Sunday.

“We’ve got to try different things or we’re not going to get anywhere,” added Griffiths.