Doncaster RLFC: Waterman goes to Hull and back for swift return

Lee Waterman scored a hat trick against British Army
Lee Waterman scored a hat trick against British Army

The Dons have Hull FC to thank for Lee Waterman’s swift return from a broken wrist, Paul Cooke has revealed.

The centre was last month ruled out for much of the season after breaking his wrist but made a surprise return on Sunday, scoring a hat trick in the Challenge Cup win over the British Army.

Cooke revealed a special brace was constructed for Waterman.

“We had a guard made for him by Hull FC and he can play when wearing it,” Cooke told the Star. “He was feeling a bit of pain in it yesterday morning but as long as that’s manageable, he can play for us.

“The bone is definitely broken and there’s ligament damage but it didn’t seem to affect him too much.

“We all know that Lee knows where the try line is and he showed that again.

“He has the opportunity to be an important player for us this season.

“If he continues to work hard and keeps his nose clean off the field then he’ll do that.”

Head coach Cooke confirmed Liam Cunningham (groin), Danny Nicklas (knee), Russ Spiers (leg) and Alex Starling (throat) will be monitored after picking up injuries against the Army.