DONCASTER DONS: Tony Miller set to stay on

Glory day: Coach Tony Miller and chief executive Carl Hall toast the Dons' title success.   Picture:  andrew wroe
Glory day: Coach Tony Miller and chief executive Carl Hall toast the Dons' title success. Picture: andrew wroe

DONCASTER chief executive Carl Hall is confident that Tony Miller will still be in charge at the newly-crowned Championship One champions next season.

Miller, who played for the club for several seasons including their ill-fated campaign in the top flight in 1994-95, has proved himself to be one of the top British coaches outside of Super League by steering the Dons to their first ever title in eye-pleasing fashion on a shoestring budget.

But though Miller has yet to put pen to paper on a contract for next season neither he, nor Hall, expect there to be any problem.

The two men have enjoyed a successful working relationship, based on mutual respect, ever since Hall helped save the club from closure three years ago.

“I’m happy at Doncaster,” sad Miller, who now lives in the town.

“It’s not just because we’ve been successful, but I trust Carl and there are a lot of good people around the club.

“I also think that we’ve got a good base to move on. We just need to attract bigger gates - though crowds have been going in the right direction.

“I’ve not signed anything for next year but I don’t think it will be a problem. If I was thinking of leaving I wouldn’t have signed the players I have because it would be unfair on them if I wasn’t going to be here.”

Dons’ second-rower Craig Lawton will miss the club’s Championship One Play-Off tie against Barrow at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday week.

Lawton pleaded guilty to making a dangerous tackle in Sunday’s 48-8 win over London Skolars at the New River Stadium and was handed a one-match ban and will miss the clash between the teams who finished first and second respectively in the league.

The club will be presented with the championship trophy after the Barrow game, Miller not wanting the focus of his players to be distracted prior to what he expects will be a tough test.

He would also like to see as many people associated with the club in the past and who, for a variety of reasons, have stopped attending games, to make every effort to be at the stadium.

“It would be great to share the occasion with people who stuck by the club during the years when it struggled, as well as former players,” he told The Star. “I’m sure that there will be an opportunity for them to have their photographs taken with the trophy.”