Prop Russ Spiers will be on board again when the club launch their Super League bid next season, writes Steve Hossack.
Although player-coach Paul Cooke knows the bar will be raised next season, he has handed the former Dewsbury ace a new deal.
Like the rest of his team-mates, Spiers is looking forward to the challenges of next season. But he is not losing sight of the fact that there is still some silverware left to play for this season.
Not many people outside the closely-knit Doncaster squad will fancy their chances in tomorrow’s opening Championship play-off tie against Leigh at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium.
Which is hardly surprising considering the fact that Leigh boast a 100 per cent home record, finished 15 points clear of the field and have the Championship’s top try-scorer (Ryan Brierley) and top points scorer (Martyn Ridyard).
But Spiers warns against writing the Dons off.
“We know it’s going to be tough but there is no reason why we can’t get a result if we play like we know we can,” he said.
“We’ve already shown that we can beat them.
“Obviously they’ll be the favourites and are the favourites to win the competition, so we’ll need to play better than against Batley.
“It was disappointing to lose out on third place on the last day of the season and we were all a bit down, but we’ve given ourselves a talking to this week and I’m sure we’ll be up for it.
“We’d been warned in the build-up that they would come out of the blocks quickly so we were expecting it; we just didn’t handle it well.
“They took their chances early on and before we knew it we were 12-0 down and we were always behind.
“We know we can’t give Leigh a similar start and expect to come away with a win.”