Paul Cooke is key for Doncaster Dons - Tony Miller

To face Trinity: Paul Cooke
To face Trinity: Paul Cooke

Paul Cooke will make his first appearance since suffering a broken knee cap as the Dons will be looking to finish pre-season on a high, when they host Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (3pm).

Cooke has been out since September and missed the closing stages of last seasons Dons play off success.

Coach Tony Miller believes that Cooke is going to be key to his team’s success this year in the Championship.

“He’s fit and he will play some part. Keeping Paul fit throughout the season is going to be massive for us this year.”

Dons have impressed so far in pre-season with convincing victories over Featherstone Rovers U20s and Keighley Cougars ahead of the clash with Wakefield.

Miller said: “It’s been really good, the weather has been a factor recently but I’ve been delighted with the two performances against Featherstone and Keighley. For me the performances were more important than the results.

“I spoke to Richard Agar and Wakefield are putting a strong side out. It will be a good test for us, a good run out ahead of the league.”

Miller is confident that his side will adapt well to the newly expanded 14-team Championship:

“We are targeting mid-table, we will sit down and review after every month how we are doing but I’m confident we can give a good account of ourselves.”

One person unlikely to play for Dons on Sunday is dual registered Bobbie Goulding Jnr, who is expected to feature for parent club Wakefield.