Doncaster RLFC: Local lad Tom Holt ready to play the long game

Tom Holt, in action for a Doncaster Select team against the Dons in 2012.

Tom Holt, in action for a Doncaster Select team against the Dons in 2012.

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Local lad Tom Holt is ready to play the long game at Doncaster.

The 23-year-old, who can play at half back or full back, recently joined the Dons from Sheffield Eagles.

A former Doncaster Toll Bar player, Holt is thrilled about the prospect of representing his hometown team in next season’s Championship.

However, he accepts that he may have to wait his turn for a run in the side, with competition for places in Paul Cooke’s side expected to fiercer than ever.

“I’m not expecting to play loads of games at the start, but hopefully I can force my way into the squad and show people what I’ve got,” said Holt.

“To play for my hometown club at the Keepmoat Stadium, with all my family local too is really good.

“Paul Cooke had a big influence on me signing for the club because he plays at half-back and has played at the top level.

“He is a really good role model for me in that position.

“My personal goal is to play a few games and then hopefully I will progress to be a first team regular over the years. I hope this move will allow me to do that.”

Dons returned to pre-season training last month and have been using the facilities at Castle Park and Lindholme Gym to gear up for a new era of domestic rugby league.

Next season will see promotion to the Super League return, with the top four Championship sides locking horns with the bottom four from the top flight in the end of season play-offs.

Dons kick off the new league season at London Broncos on February 15.