Doncaster delay Cooke's return
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Friday 16 December 2011
Doncaster have put off a decision on whether to pursue their interest in Paul Cooke until after Christmas.
The former Hull, Hull KR and Wakefield stand-off, one of the game's most naturally talented and controversial players at his peak, has been out of the game for over a year since being released by the Wildcats. He has been dealing with family issues and doing media work, but now, aged 30, he is keen to play again.
He has told Doncaster that, if he can combine it with working in the club's development department, he is prepared to play for match payments only.
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