THE Dons new dual-registered signing from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Danny Cowling, will come into contention for Sunday’s Championship One clash against Rochdale at Spotland.
The 20-year-old centre, who trained with the club on Wednesday and will do so again tonight, has impressed Dons’ boss Tony Miller.
“He’s 6ft 2in and a strong runner and has got good pace and he’ll be a useful acquisition in a position where we were a bit short of cover following Liam Cunningham’s injury.”
Stand-off Paul Cooke showed no adverse reaction to his comeback game at Gateshead on Sunday following an Achilles tendon problem and is expected to face the Hornets.
“Paul had an injection on Wednesday night, which will take a couple of days to settle down just to help with the healing process but he’s had a scan and there is no problem,” said Miller.
Gary Middlehurst (suspended) and Steve Roper are ruled out while Wayne English is struggling after suffering injuries to both ankles.
Hornets’ coach John Stankevich has further doubts over Adam Bowman and Jonny Leather, whose partners are both due to give birth this week.
Stankevitch said: “There’s a three point gap between ourselves and the top four, but the table doesn’t worry me as it looks right now.
“There are teams in the top four who’ve had arguably easier starts to the season than we have.”
Sunday’s Co-operative Championship One clash is the first of two successive meetings between Rochdale and Doncaster, who also face each other at the Keepmoat Stadium next week.
Stankevitch added: “I’m not overly upset at how we’re going, but I was disappointed with the last 30 minutes of last week.”