Carl Hall has described this weekend’s vital clash with Whitehaven as ‘win or bust’ for Doncaster RLFC.
The Dons are staring relegation back to the third tier in the face having lost all of their 18 league games this season.
Gary Thornton’s side have still got three of the bottom five teams to play before the start of the new Super 8s.
But Hall - who has described Sunday’s game at Castle Park (3pm) as one of the biggest in the club’s history - says the Dons must beat ‘Haven to give themselves any chance of avoiding the drop.
“I’ve decided to come off the fence and say ‘this is it’,” said Hall.
“You can talk about it being the biggest game in our history, or whatever you want, but as things stand it’s the biggest game in our season.
“If we don’t win on Sunday it’ll be very hard for us to stay up.
“I’m not too fussed if that puts even more pressure on our lads or motivates Whitehaven because it’s got to the point where we’ve got to face reality.
“We’ve tried to say all the right things up till now and maybe wrap people in cotton wool but on Sunday it’s time for people to perform.
“Basically it’s win or bust for us.
“I’m still confident we can stay up,” he added.
“If we can go into the final seven games with two or three wins under our belt, I’m confident we can still get out of it and pull off the great escape.
“But this weekend is absolutely huge for us and we really need people in the town to come out and back the boys.”
Doncaster were promoted to the Championship in 2012.
They finished sixth in 2013 and fourth last season.
Hall admits this season’s toils have shocked him but he is adamant the club can still beat the drop.
“It’s desperately disappointing how it’s gone,” he said.
“In all my time in rugby league, I’ve never really experienced anything like this.
“The players are giving everything but it’s not just about them.
“This has tested my resolve too. You begin to question yourself and everything that we have done.
“It’s tough but I have to stay positive.
“People might think I’m mad to say we can still stay up but I still believe in the boys. I still believe we can turn this around.”