New boy Hyde set for Dons’ debut at Hunslet

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THE Dons have boosted their half-back cover by signing Wakefield’s Keiran Hyde on a dual-registration for the season.

The 22 year-old, who played for the Super League side against the Dons in the Challenge Cup at the Keepmoat Stadium last season, can also play several other positions in the backs. With former skipper Craig Fawcett, whose knee injury is fortunately not as serious as first feared, set to be sidelined for at least several weeks, Hyde is expected to make his debut in Sunday’s final Northern Rail Cup Pool B match at Championship outfit Hunslet Hawks.

“He’s a good organiser and a good distributor and a good kicker,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller. “He’s a quality half-back who has played Super League and I’m delighted to have him on board.”

The Championship One club could again be without full-back Mick Butterfield.

“I think he’ll be fit for our opening league game against Whitehaven next week but I think he’ll be struggling for Sunday,” said Miller, who will make a final decision at tonight’s training session.

Better news for Miller is that half-back Paul Cooke is set to return to the Dons’ side after missing last weekend’s disappointing showing against Sheffield Eagles with an ankle injury. Carl Hughes, Craig Lawton and Mark Castle are also available.