Doncaster Knights: Griffiths aims to bolster squad before deadline

Doncaster Knights' Chris Planchant tries to get past the defence against Richmond. Picture: Andrew Roe

Doncaster Knights' Chris Planchant tries to get past the defence against Richmond. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Knights boss Clive Griffiths hopes to beat rugby’s own transfer deadline and bolster his squad ahead of the promotion run-in.

Like his footballing compatriots, many of whom will be plotting some last minute business ahead of Friday’s deadline, Griffiths has an eye on his own deadline day next month.

And the Welshman told the Free Press he is hopeful of adding to his squad ahead of the February 28 cut-off point.

“I’m hoping, before the transfer deadline, to get some people in for the final push,” said Griffiths.

“It’s easier said than done but I’m trying.”

Doncaster remain three points clear at the top of National One following last weekend’s home win over Richmond.

The good news for Griffiths is that the club’s treatment room, which was full to bursting before Christmas, is now virtually empty.

Ross Davies made a long awaited return against Richmond, while Chris Hallam and Chris Walker are expected to be back in contention for Saturday’s tricky trip to face Loughborough Students.

But Griffiths won’t leave anything to chance and is keen to recruit extra bodies ahead of Doncaster’s difficult run-in.

Knights’ away form has been their Achilles heal this season, losing at unfancied Blaydon, Wharfedale and Henley before this month’s defeat at Fylde.

So all the experience and know-how possible will be needed to negotiate a run-in which includes difficult assignments at Esher, Rosslyn Park and Coventry.

“We’ve got some massive games on the horizon, starting this weekend against Loughborough,” said Griffiths.

“Hopefully we should have a few more bodies back to help us.

“We’re fighting for every point now, whether that’s points on the scoreboard, bonus points or losing bonus points,” he added.

“There’s ten games to go. That’s 50 points still on offer, so there’s a long way to go.

“I just hope we can get that consistency back that we had in our first seven games, before the injuries started to mount up.”