DONCASTER DONS: Title-winning Dons rule out wholesale changes

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DONCASTER Rugby League Club are to stick with the business plan which has brought them their first-ever league title.

Chief executive Carl Hall, the man credited from saving the cash-strapped club from liquidation at the end of the 2012 season, told The Star that there would be no return to the days when the Dons lived beyond its means.

He ruled out the club splashing the cash in order to boost their squad ahead of next season’s return to Championship rugby.

“We are going up a division and we are under no illusions that it will be tough,” said the former New Zealand Test centre.

“We’ll be looking to add players in areas we feel we need to strengthen but we don’t feel that we need to make wholesale changes to the current squad - the majority of whom have already signed on for next season.

“Any players we do bring in will have to fit into our budget and wage structure unless more money is pumped into the squad-builder fund, in which case we might be able bring in someone extra like we did with Paul Cooke.

“The supporters and some local businesses supported our efforts to sign Paul and I would like to think that by winning the title we have repaid them.

“But as I say, we’ll be sticking with the three-year business plan which has brought us success and we’ll be starting again at year one.

“We’ll be looking to consolidate next season, push on the second year and hopefully have some fun again in the third like we have done this season.”

The club’s coffers received a welcome boost as a result of winning the Championship One title, but Hall said the players would also be sharing in the £50,000 cash windfall.

“We’ll bank some of the money but the players will get a big chunk of the £50,000 because they were on a big bonus to win the league and they have delivered the goods and deserve their share,” he said.

The club are now targeting the double in the Play-Offs.