There are few better sights at Castle Park than Andy Bulumakau in full flight.
Sadly, for the centre/wing, he didn’t play as much as he would have liked for Doncaster Knights during 2015.
Bulumakau was on the top of his game, causing the Championship’s best defences problems with his pace and elusive running, when he suffered a serious ankle injury early in the year and missed the rest of the 2014-15 season.
With new signing Will Hurrell catching the eye, and Mat Clark also playing well, Bulumakau struggled to force his way into the starting line-up team at the start of the season and when he got his chance he was ruled out for nearly a month after suffering concussion.
“It’s not been the best of seasons for me on a personal level in terms of games, but it’s better for the team that we have a lot of competition for places because it brings out the best in players,” he said.
“It also means that when we have injuries we have good players who can come in and do a good job.
“Some of those players who haven’t been starting regularly will get their chance, as has been the case in the previous four pool games, in the forthcoming B & I Cup games and if they come in and do well then they could retain their place in the side for league games.
“I think I’ve still a bit to do to get where I was when I was injured last season. I’m getting there; I just need more game time.
“But the main thing is that the team have done very well so far this season and everything is coming together. We’ve had some good results and we are happy with where we are standing in the league.
“It’s certainly a lot different from 12 months ago when we were struggling to win games. I think everyone is more focused this season.
“We’ll be looking to get the New Year off to a winning start in Jersey on Saturday but it’s never an easy place to go.
“We drew there 22-all in the B & I Cup back in November but both sides will have key players back and that result will probably count for little on the day.”