Doncaster RLFC: Cooke holds transfer talks with chief executive

Dons player coach Paul Cooke
Dons player coach Paul Cooke

Paul Cooke is looking to add to the Dons squad in a bid to start climbing the Championship table.

Cooke, whose side have lost all seven competitive fixtures this season, had a lengthy chat with chief executive Carl Hall last week and says the club are supportive of his plans.

“We are actively looking in the market at players who we feel will benefit the group,” he said.

“But it’s unlikely anyone will be coming in before Easter which is always a busy time for clubs and players.”

He added: “It’s obviously a difficult period for everybody at the club and one which I am not used to.”

Cooke has spoken to his charges about aspects of their performances he felt were contributing to defeats and also addressed some off-the-field issues in relation to certain players.

“Players have to be aware of their responsibilities between Monday and Saturday,” he said.

Cooke also said he would not hesitate to leave anyone out he felt had not met his high standards away from the club or in training.

He will check on the fitness of several players today before finalising his side to face Sheffield Eagles tomorrow.

Cooke said: “The players who played on Sunday against Batley had the first dib at putting things right and some of that group, or another group, will have another opportunity against Sheffield Eagles tomorrow.

“I thought the players responded on Sunday with a performance which was committed and that’s the bare minimum we need to get over the line.”