Knights captain pens new two-year contract

Knights' Matthew Challinor evades the tackle against Nottingham. Picture: Andrew Roe

Knights' Matthew Challinor evades the tackle against Nottingham. Picture: Andrew Roe

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SKIPPER Matt Challinor has committed his future to relegation threatened Doncaster Knights by signing a new two-year contract at Castle Park.

The 29-year-old lock has been one of only a handful of players to do himself justice during a dismal season.

But with Knights’ Championship status hanging by a thread, Challinor insists this season has been a wake-up call and is confident the club can turn a corner.

Challinor said: “I am delighted to have signed and it is a weight off my mind ahead of three of our biggest games ever.

“The club already means a lot to me and I am sure we are set for a bright future under Clive Griffiths which is what made me pen for another two years.

“This season may not have gone to plan thus far, but maybe it is the wake up call we needed and will stand us in good stead next season, whichever division we are in.

“I’ve had a number of other offers but Doncaster is a club with great stature and still a huge amount of ambition.”

Challinor is an ever-present in the Championship this season following his appointment as captain.

“I have been here for three years and to be awarded the captaincy has been a huge honour for me,” he said.

“I hope I can continue with that next year.

“I never saw myself as being a captain but I’ve really enjoyed it despite the circumstances we find ourselves in.

“I love it at Doncaster, it’s a club on the up,” he added.

“We have three massive games remaining. Our immediate future is in our own hands.”