Doncaster Dons: Miller goes out all guns blazing

The Dons were denied use of Liam Kay by his parent club Wakefield for the last three games of the season.
The Dons were denied use of Liam Kay by his parent club Wakefield for the last three games of the season.

Tony Miller delivered a telling parting shot at Wakefield counterpart Richard Agard following his final game in charge of the Dons.

Miller stepped down as the Dons’ head coach last weekend, ending a 23 year relationship with the club.

But sentiment was far from his mind as he produced a scathing criticism of the way Super League Wakefield handled the dual-registration relationship between the two clubs.

“Dual-registration is great if it’s done right but some of the stuff I’ve had to put up with from Wakefield this year has been horrendous,” Miller said.

“They didn’t let us have Liam Kay for the last three games yet he didn’t play for them.

“We’ve had players turn up when they shouldn’t and not turn up when they should.

“I’ve been disappointed with Richard Agar if I’m honest.

“At the beginning of the year he wanted to pick the team for me but I wanted the players I handed.

“He assured me face to face that we were going to have Lucas Walshaw so we announced it and had the shirts printed.

“A week later he sent Lucas to Dewsbury.

“Things like that are hard to stomach. I don’t think it’s how you should conduct yourself.

“We literally had 17 players for the last game, three played after injections and two had bone breaks.

“Liam Kaye and Kyle Trout haven’t played all year for Wakefield but he decides to play them against Castleford.

“They weren’t good enough for you all year but now they’re ok even though we want them and we’re in the play-offs.

“It’s laughable.”

The Dons have completed their first new signing under new head coach Tony Miller with the capture of Liam Whelham.

The 24-year-old centre joins from relegated Hunslet where he scored nine tries last season, including two against the Dons.

He previously played for the two Hull clubs, Featherstone and Dewsbury.

Cooke played alongside Welham at Hull KR in 2007.

He said: “Liam’s a good lad with a great attitude and he’s exactly the type of player I want at the club.

“I believe he has the right kind of qualities.”