Doncaster RLFC: Welham dominates Dons awards night

Liam Welham
Liam Welham

Centre Liam Welham dominated Doncaster RLFC’s end-of-season awards presentation.

Welham, one of the current squad to have signed contracts for the 2016 season, picked up the Back of the Year award, Supporters’ Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and the club’s Player of the Year.

New Zealander Mitch Clark, who missed the run-in with a broken arm, picked up the Forward of the Year award.

Club captain Kyle Kesik, another to commit himself for next year’s League One campaign, was named Man of Steel.

In addition to signing up the likes Sam Doherty, Brad Foster, Kesik and Welham, the club have also snapped up several promising youngsters such as Warrington winger David Foggin-Johnson and hooker Danny Hirst.

Also joining the Dons is young Leeds Rhinos’ loose-forward George Milton, a former England U18 international.

“You can either go out and spend a lot of money on journeymen or experienced players who are here for a quick buck or you can sign players who are going to be in your squad for the next two or three years and that’s what we are doing,” said head coach Gary Thornton.

“The young players we have signed so far are all good prospects and come highly recommended by their clubs.

“We’ve done our homework on them and they are all exciting players.”

Thornton, who has also brought experienced prop Mark Castle back to the club, said: “We know that we are going to lose players and what I’m trying to do is to replace like for like.

“I’m really encouraged by the players we’ve signed already.”