Featherstone’s new signing Cooke works on his fitness

Former Doncaster player-coach Paul Cooke. Picture: Malcolm Billingham.
Former Doncaster player-coach Paul Cooke. Picture: Malcolm Billingham.

Former Hull and Hull KR stand-off Paul Cooke is working at getting match fit after joining Featherstone Rovers for the rest of the season.

Cooke is resuming his playing career at Featherstone at the age of 34 after relinquishing his role of player-coach at Doncaster.

Rovers coach Andy Hay said: “We are just waiting for Paul to get game fit. He’s had a couple of sessions with us and we are putting him through his paces and getting his fitness up to speed.

“He hasn’t played for probably three months and not really trained, he’s just been coaching, so he’s a little bit off the mark.

“We want him to come into the team when he is ready and fit. He’s probably going to be another two weeks.

“I think he’s an out and out stand-off and a leader as well so we are looking to bring that to the team.

“We might have to move halves around and we saw Paul Sykes play really well at centre the other week so there’s options there.

“I think Cooke will provide a bit of leadership which we need. He’s always been a very good player when he’s played against Featherstone.

“The opportunity was there for us and we are happy to welcome him to Featherstone. He’s keen to play and get his boots back on and get out there.”