TONY Miller has not ruled out adding to his Dons squad - but not before Sunday’s mouthwatering Keepmoat Stadium friendly with Super League giants Hull FC, writes Paul Goodwin.
Winger Stewart Sanderson became Miller’s latest recruit last week but young back row Scott Johnson has ruled out a return to the club because of work commitments.
That leaves Miller with one space in his 25-man squad but the Dons coach is keeping his options open ahead of this weekend’s big kick-off.
Miller said: “There’s an opportunity for another player to come in but we’re not rushing into anything.
“I was hoping that Scott would join us again but unfortunately that’s not going to happen.
“I’m happy with the business we’ve done over the winter - there’s a good balance to the squad - and we’re going into this season in a much healthier position than last.
“We’ve been together as a group for a couple of months now and preparations have been going really well.
“We’re really looking forward to the game this weekend and it’s a great opportunity for the lads to test themselves against a Super League side.
“I’m optimistic about the season ahead, and Sunday should be a good occasion to get things under way.”
Former Dewsbury and Gateshead winger Sanderson will be among the Dons debutants on Sunday, including Scott Spaven, Carl Hughes and Kyle Sampson.
Kyle Kesik looks set to miss out with a groin strain, while Miller does not expect long term injury victims Grant Edwards (knee) and Aaron Dobek (shoulder) to return before the start of the Co-operative Championship One campaign in March.
Hull coach Richard Agar has promised to field a strong team.
He said: “We want to give the forwards a bit of game time and matches like this are useful for doing that.
“You don’t really want the big men going into the season without them having a run out, so they’ll feature at some point.”
Tickets for Sunday’s 3pm kick off are available from the Keepmoat Stadium ticket office, priced £10 adults, £5 concessions and £2 juniors.