Doncaster Dons can rise again to be kings - Mark Castle

Confident: Mark Castle says third-placed Dons can regain their place at the top of the table.            PICTURE: andrew roe
Confident: Mark Castle says third-placed Dons can regain their place at the top of the table. PICTURE: andrew roe

STRONG-running forward Mark Castle is showing just why Dons’ boss Tony Miller was so keen to bring him back to the Championship One club on his return to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Castle, who last played for the South Yorkshire club in the 2010 season when they almost folded after the then chairman and benefactor, John Wright, ran out of cash in mid-season.

Like all his team-mates, Castle became a free agent when all the players’ contracts were cancelled and he joined Leigh.

When the promise of accommodation fell through, Castle continued to drive over to Lancashire several times a week in addition to match days before eventually getting fed up with all the travelling and drifting out of the professional game.

He was playing as an amateur for Castleford side Fryston when again being approached by Miller during the winter.

This time he agreed to return to the paid ranks and has not regretted his decision.

“My job is take the ball in as often as I can and I’m really enjoying being back at Doncaster,” he told The Star,

“I’m pleased with how it is going and where we are in the table. Tony has put a good team together and we are playing some good rugby,

“If we do our job down the middle then we’ve got the backs to score tries because we’ve got got some pace out wide.”

The Dons are back in action against lowly Gateshead at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday in their first game for a month.

“The break was welcomed by the players,” said the 26 year-old. “It had been a tough run of games and a few of the lads were carrying knocks and bumps and bruises and needed to rest them.

“It is like starting the season again after such a long break and we need to make sure that we haven’t lost any of our momentum.

“We’ve trained hard following a week or so off and if we can do as well in the second half of the season as we did in the first - when we were top for several weeks - then that should see us promoted as the top-four will go up this season.

“But we’ve not got to be just looking at going up - we’ve got to be looking to go up as champions.

“We’ve dropped to third whilst we’ve not been playing and we will need to beat both Barrow and Workington, who beat us up in Cumbria, in the return at the Keepmoat Stadium next month. We’ve also got to be looking to do the double over Whitehaven, who we beat at home at the start of the season.

“But I’m confident that we can do it.”