DONCASTER have drafted in Hull FC’s Jordan Abdull for tomorrow’s top-of-the table clash with Bradford Bulls.
Leading League 1 only by virtue of a superior points difference to the former World Club champions, Doncaster are clearly looking for any edge they can get.
Seeing Abdull, the talented young Black and Whites loose forward, arrive on dual-registration for the first time this term is certainly a major boost for Richard Horne’s side.
He has also gone back to his former club for Jack Downs and Jez Litten who had both featured in Super League this term while ex-Castleford Tigers and Hull KR second-row Frankie Mariano is set to debut after moving from Featherstone Rovers this week.
Doncaster and Bradford have each won five of their opening six league games and Horne admitted: “It’s a very attractive tie.
“Bulls are a very physical side and have a few full-time players.
“It’s all set up to be one of the games of the season so far.
“We’re aiming to be in the top-four at the end of the year. As long as the boys keep turning up for each other, we have a chance.
“The Hull boys have been going really well; they’ve fitted in and become part of our squad.
“Our players have welcomed them and they really add to the quality of players we have.”
Liam Harris also returns after missing the Challenge Cup loss against Featherstone.
However, Bradford are similarly well-set with former Melbourne Storm stand-off Dane Chisholm back after serving a one-game ban.
Furthermore, on-loan Castleford Tigers winger Jy Hitchcox and James Laithwaite, on loan from Toronto Wolfpack, return for John Kear’s side after being Cup-tied last week.
Full-back Gregg McNally has suffered a setback, though, in his recovery from a quad injury and could be missing for up to another six weeks.