Troubled Doncaster hope players show loyalty

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Doncaster will find out tonight how many of their players are willing to stick with them through their latest crisis. The club entered into a creditors' voluntary arrangement with debts estimated at £100,000 earlier this week in an effort to avoid going out of business.

Doncaster will find out tonight how many of their players are willing to stick with them through their latest crisis. The club entered into a creditors' voluntary arrangement with debts estimated at £100,000 earlier this week in an effort to avoid going out of business.

Their players were offered reduced terms for the rest of the season on Tuesday night and are due to train tonight. "We didn't ask for a reaction from them on Tuesday," the Doncaster secretary, Ray Green said. "They're a good group of players, so I think they'll turn up for training and I'm hoping we will be able to put a reasonable side out against Workington on Sunday."

Green, who has seen a number of crises at one of the game's more wobble-prone clubs, is also confident that they will battle their way through this one. "There are quite a few clubs in similar straits. The difference is that we're addressing the situation and working to safeguard the future of the game in Doncaster," he said.

The Rugby League's board of directors will discuss the Dragons' plight at its meeting tomorrow and is set to take a sympathetic view.

Another Northern Ford Premiership club, York, entered into a CVA last month and the League's spokesman John Huxley admitted there were several others in the division whose situation is causing concern. Even the competition's champions, Dewsbury, are in some turmoil, with their coach, Neil Kelly, resigning from his other role as chief executive recently and controversy rumbling over control of their stadium.

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