Yates poised to take season’s bow at former club

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LONG-TERM CASUALTY Andy Yates is poised to play his first game of the year when Hunslet Hawks face visitors Hemel Stags in the Kingstone Press Championship on Sunday.

Yates joined Leeds Rhinos from Hunslet at the end of the 2013 campaign, but suffered an Achilles injury early in pre-season training and has not played since. He has been dual-registered with Hunslet and Hawks coach Barry Eaton said: “He’ll potentially be available.

“He has been back in full training for the past few weeks, he has had a couple of sessions with us and we will make a decision after our final training run.”

Liam Mackay is available after a dead leg and Matt Cook has recovered from a hamstring problem, but could join London Skolars on loan to gain match fitness.

Meanwhile, Dewsbury Rams have signed Kyle Briggs on loan from Featherstone Rovers.

He comes in after hooker Wayne Godwin was ruled out for the rest of the season due to a dead leg.

Rams coach Glenn Morrison said: “We have lost a few players for the season and Kyle can play in a number of different positions, so he’s a good acquisition.”

Jobe Murphy could be available for Sunday’s Championship visit of Sheffield Eagles, following an ankle injury.

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear hopes to have several Huddersfield Giants players available on dual-registration for Sunday’s game at Keighley Cougars.

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