Doncaster RLFC: Club unveil three new signings at open evening

Dons head coach Gary Thornton
Dons head coach Gary Thornton

Doncaster RLFC unveiled their three latest signings at last night's open evening at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Loose-forward Joe Pickets-O’Donnell, at 25 the oldest of the three, played under coach Gary Thornton during his two years in charge at York City Knights.

Jordan Harper, who can operate in the second-row or centre, played for League One newcomers Coventry Bears last season.

Harper, who will celebrate his 21st birthday in early February, is a product of the Leeds Rhinos Academy.

Teenager Ben Frankland is another product of the Leeds Academy. He will help provide cover and competition for hooker Kyle Kesik next season.

Thornton introduced the players in groups of four and gave a brief insight into their playing background and his reasons for signing them.

In addition to the 26 signed players, only eight of whom remain from last season, Thornton also introduced several trialists who he said would be given the chance to win themselves a contract.

Thornton, who also thanked assistant coaches Pete Green and Andy Vincent, also confirmed that Kesik, the club’s longest-serving player, would continue as captain next season.

“He’s a good guy to have around and you get what you see with Kes and he gives 100 per cent every time he takes to the field,” he said.