Doncaster RLFC release 19 players as League One re-building job gathers pace

Mike Emmett
Mike Emmett

Doncaster RLFC have released no fewer than 19 players as they re-build for League One.

Long serving pair Mike Emmett and Matt Carbutt are among those to be released, while Dons veteran Shaun Leaf has retired from the sport.

The Dons have offered new deals to club captain Craig Robinson, Jack Walton, Liam Welham. Alex Gilbey and Mike Kelly.

Chief executive Carl Hall said: “Obviously supporters may be sad that a number of players are leaving the club who have been here and contributed massively to us over a long period of time.

“However following last season, we knew there would be a high turnover of players at the club and some tough decisions would have to be made.

“The achievements of some of the players departing will not be forgotten though and they will always remain friends of the club. I’d like to thank everyone leaving for their contribution and I wish them success in the future.”

Released: Matt Carbutt, Mitch Clark, Danny Cowling, Mike Emmett, Peter Fox, Matt Groat, Tom Hodson, Josh Kittrick, Shaun Leaf, Joe McLocklan, Paul Mennell, Danny Nicklas, Dave Scott, Russ Spiers, Steve Snitch, Brett Waller, Lee Waterman, Richard Wilkinson, Ryan Wright.

Offered new deals: Alex Gilbey, Mike Kelly, Craig Robinson, Jack Walton, Liam Welham.

Signed: Makali Aizue, Tom Carr, Mark Castle, Sam Doherty, David Foggin-Johnston, Brad Foster, Jordie Hedges, Daniel Hirst, Jordan Howden, Kyle Kesik, George Milton, Matt Nicholson, Jason Tali, Mason Tonks.