Doncaster Knights: Fly half Cusack close to making return

Declan Cusack
Declan Cusack

Doncaster Knights fly-half Declan Cusack could return to action in this weekend’s Championship game against London Scottish at Castle Park.

“He could make it so we’ve got a big decision to make but he’ll definitely be available for our next game at Bristol two weeks on Friday,” said director of rugby Clive Griffiths.

After making an impressive debut against London Welsh the close-season signing suffered a fractured eye socket in the second game at Nottingham.

With fellow newcomer Simon Humberstone ruled out for three months following a shoulder operation during pre-season, the Welshman was forced to switch scrum-half Michael Heaney to fly-half.

Heaney produced several useful displays in the No 10 shirt before joining the lengthy injury list in the recent game against Yorkshire Carnegie.

Last season’s top points scorer Dougie Flockhart looks set to retain his place in the side to face Scottish after making a successful comeback to the starting line-up at the weekend.

Flockhart was dropped to the bench following the defeat at Rotherham where he missed both a crucial kick and tackle.

“He came on in the second half at Headingley and kicked two out of two and he kicked four out of four on Saturday against Pirates,” said Griffiths.

“I’ve got to make special mention of (former Welsh international) Gary Pearce who came over from Hull to help with his goal-kicking, and Paul Cooke who has also been working with him on other aspects of his game.”

Another man to impresss Griffiths at the weekend was full-back Paul Jarvis.

“He came back a couple of weeks ago following a hamstring injury but he wasn’t 100 per cent,” he said.

“Now he’s back to full fitness and showing what he can do.”