Dons: Three commit to Doncaster

Dons v Hunslet.  Mick Butterfield is stopped by James Coyle.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Dons v Hunslet. Mick Butterfield is stopped by James Coyle. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

The in-form Dons have been given a further boost to their Championship play-offs push after a trio of players extended deals with the club.

Doncaster’s Mick Butterfield, Mike Kelly and Lee Waterman have joined Kyle Kesik, Mike Emmett, Mark Castle, Matt Carbutt, Brett Waller and Russ Spiers in committing their futures with the Doncaster outfit.

Full back Butterfield has been at the club since 2010 and has made over 60 appearances for the Dons since joining from Normanton Knights.

Meanwhile Doncaster-born Kelly and Waterman, who holds the Dons record for the most tries in a season, both joined the club in 2012 and have played big parts in their recent rich run of form.

Current head coach Tony Miller, who is due to step down at the end of this season, said: “All three players have played their part to get us in to a play-off spot and I’m really happy they’re staying at the club.

“Butts (Butterfield) is a solid full back who carries the ball well and Lee (Waterman) can score a try from nothing and his try scoring record for the club is unbelievable (48 tries from 49 games).

“Mike (Kelly) has been getting better and better all season and has been one of our stand-out players.

“I’ve been really impressed with his development since he joined the club last season.”

Paul Cooke, who will replace Miller as the Dons head coach in the Championship next season, said: “I’m really pleased to have the services of these three players again next year and they all have a big future at the club.

“We’ve now signed nine players from this season’s squad and these players have proved to Tony (Miller) and myself that they’re more than capable of playing at this standard of rugby in the Championship.”

Two more signings will be revealed in Sunday’s match day magazine which will be available when the Dons host Swinton Lions at the Keepmoat Stadium, 3pm.

During the game, there will also be a price freeze for 2014 season tickets offering discounts to supporters.