RUGBY LEAGUE: EX-CASTLEFORD PROP ALEX ROWE WILL MAKE DEBUT AGAINST HIS FORMER CLUB

DONCASTER Lakers have boosted their squad with the addition of prop forward Alex Rowe.

The 21-year-old former Castleford player is set to make his competitive debut against his former club in Lakers' Northern Rail Cup opener at the Keepmoat Stadium on February 11.

Rowe actually lined up against Lakers when he appeared as a trialist for Sheffield Eagles in the December 27 friendly between the two clubs but switched camps to join Doncaster.

Lakers coach Keiran Dempsey said: "He's a big, strong, hard to handle player and gives us a bit more size in the pack, which will help us a lot.

"He's only been training with us for a week but has fitted in really well and is working hard to build up his fitness."

Rowe sees the prospect of full time training with Lakers as a great opportunity to take his career to the next level.

He said: "It was a big factor in joining the club and will help me improve my game in all respects.

"There are some good players down here and the team spirit is great."

He is poised to make his Lakers debut on January 28 when they face Castleford in their final pre-season friendly before the sides meet competitively two weeks later.

The game will be played in memory of former coach St John Ellis who died on New Year's Eve 2005.

All proceeds will go towards the St John Ellis Fund, in aid of his young family.

l Lakers are the latest club to receive the Rugby Football League (RFL) and Sport England Clubmark, which recognises they have met high standards in their community playing program, child protection, sports equity, ethics and club management.

Dave Marshall, Lakers' community development manager, said, "This is a fantastic achievement.

"We have been working hard to develop quality services and this proves we are heading in the right direction."

l Five youngsters from West Hull have been added to the club's Scholarship Programme after being highly recommended by Lakers' first team star Joe McLocklan.

The new players, who all play in the Under 15s age group, will boost the 22 South Yorkshire based youngsters already recruited by the club.