Doncaster RLFC: Award is recognition of how far we’ve come - Cooke

Dons player coach Paul Cooke
Dons player coach Paul Cooke

Paul Cooke says his Kingstone Press Championship Coach of the Year award is recognition of how far the Dons have come in recent years.

Doncaster finished fourth in the Championship and were the only side to beat league leaders Leigh Centurions - earning Cooke the prestigious gong at Tuesday night’s ceremony in Manchester.

“It is a big honour for the club and shows how far the club has come since Carl Hall took over and brought it out of near extinction,” said Cooke.

“It’s also humbling, honouring and it is overwhelming really from where I have come from. Four years ago I quit the game and wasn’t interested and four years later I am doing what I do now.

“I am really proud of the people that got me back involved in the game, Tony Miller, Carl Hall and John Scarrow at the club. I owe a great deal to those people.”

He added: “The players have been fantastic this year and without them you don’t have a club.

“It has been a massive effort from the backroom staff in Chris Spurr, Mick Heptinstall, Carl Saul and everyone involved.

“This award is not just for me, it is for everybody at the club striving to get us to the next level.

“It is great to be recognised by the people who are doing the same job and who know how difficult that job is. I am very proud to be picked by those coaches.

“I am looking forward to 2015 and seeing how we get on against the likes of Jimmy Lowes, Paul Rowley and Glenn Morrison again and coaches who have been around a lot longer than me.”