Doncaster RLFC: New-boy Wildie set for Halifax trip

Matt Wildie
Matt Wildie

Highly-rated youngster Matt Wildie is in contention for his first Dons start this weekend since he signed for the club on a month-long loan.

Wildie, who can play at scrum-half or hooker, penned a deal to move to second-placed Doncaster from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats earlier this week.

He joins Grant Edwards and Lee Waterman as part of the squad that will make the short trip along the M62 to face high-flying Halifax tomorrow.

“Matt Wildie is training with us and will definitely be in contention for Sunday,” said player-coach Paul Cooke whose match-winning try killed off any hope of a Featherstone Rovers fightback last week.

“I didn’t think the performance was too good on Sunday [against Featherstone] and there has been plenty to work on since then.

“But we’ve worked as a group and will definitely take that into the game against Halifax.

“Halifax have also been one of the top four in the competition for a number of years so it’s definitely a big test for us away from home and we will have to perform well.”

He went on: “As a group we expect a lot of ourselves. I don’t think anyone will expect us to go there and get a win, they are a top side. But we go there with a lot of inner belief, after the last few results, that we can go there and get a result. There’s no question that it’s going to be a tough one, they have some quality players and we will have it all to do, but it’s certainly a test we are looking forward to.”

Doncaster will be without Kyle Kesik, Mark Castle, Liam Cunningham and long-term absentee Brett Waller for the trip to The Shay. Kick-off is 3pm.