Waterman set to sign as Doncaster face Crusaders in vital title tussle

Dons RLFC v Sharlston Rovers.   Dons Lee Waterman
Dons RLFC v Sharlston Rovers. Dons Lee Waterman

DONCASTER’S leading try scorer - and potential record breaker - Lee Waterman is poised to sign a new contract with the club.

The prolific centre took his tally to 30 tries for the season with another brace in last weekend’s emphatic 46-22 win at Oldham.

Waterman, in his first season with the Dons since joining from York City Knights, was a notable absentee from a list of ten players to pen contract extensions for 2013 released by the club this week.

But the Free Press understands the 25-year-old will commit himself to Doncaster for another season.

Waterman is just two tries away from equalling the club record number of tries scored in a season, set at 32 by Luke Gale in 2008.

Victory against Oldham, meanwhile, kept the Dons’ Co-operative Championship One title hopes very much alive going into Sunday’s home clash with North Wales Crusaders (3pm).

Coach Tony Miller said: “We played really well and never looked like we were going to lose.

“It was a very pleasing performance because we’ve gone to Oldham a few times in the past and been well beaten.

“We’re still in there with a fighting chance of winning the title but obviously we’re relying on Barrow and Workington slipping up.

“If Barrow and Workington are going to slip up at all it’ll happen this weekend.

“But all we can do is concentrate on winning our last two games.”

Sunday’s victory moved Doncaster to within one point of leaders Barrow with two games to play.

But third placed Workington, who beat Barrow 48-34 on Sunday, will win the title if they win their three remaining games.

Barrow go to Rochdale this weekend, while Workington travel to Oldham.