PAUL Cooke admits he is currently in the best mental state he has been since he started playing senior rugby, writes Liam Hoden.
The 31-year-old has endured tough times in recent years after entering a downward spiral off the field.
But his self-imposed exile from the game which saw him care for his terminally ill mum allowed him to address his issues.
And he insists the balance between on and off field activity he has achieved since signing for the Dons has made him happy.
He said: “I’m in a really good place right now, the best I’ve been in for the last ten or 12 years.
“Playing part time rugby, the community work and the time with the family, it’s all come together and I’m really happy.
“This move was a great one for me.
“It’s going really well on the field and we’re well on course for promotion.
“And I’m really enjoying the community work, which was the main thing about the offer that was so attractive.
“Full time rugby had sucked everything out of me and I wasn’t a great person to be around outside of the game.
“But I’m loving being a part of the game again.
“I’m determined to do well with Doncaster and live up to my side of the bargain.”