Championship: Hawks boss Eaton rolling with the injury blows

Barry Eaton
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INJURIES HAVE had a big bearing on Hunslet Hawks’ season, according to boss Barry Eaton.

Hawks are second from bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship and will aim to end a nine-game losing run in Sunday’s final fixture of the regular rounds, at home to Workington Town.

Eaton said losing key players has made it tough for his side and he revealed: “Andy Kain has had a scan and we think he’s got a grade two knee ligament tear.

“That could rule him out for four or five weeks. Hopefully he won’t need an operation, but four or five weeks is a big chunk of what we’ve got left.

“That’s a blow and James Duckworth is still a couple of weeks away, with a knee injury. We thought it could have been season-ending , but it has just been like a 10-12 week re-hab program for him.

“It will be like signing a new player when he’s back, because he was massive for us before he was injured. But Luke Briscoe is out for the rest of the season. He has had an operation on his knee.

“They are three of our most high-profile players, so we are going to miss them. We certainly have missed Ducky and Luke while they’ve been out.”

Several other players are struggling ahead of this weekend’s vital game. Eaton said: “Callum Casey has got a bang on the patella tendon in his knee, Liam Mackay has a glute’ strain and Michael Haley didn’t train earlier in the week.”

Meanwhile, former Wakefield Wildcats, Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants forward Steve Snitch will make his debut for Featherstone Rovers at home to Whitehaven tomorrow, coach Jon Sharp has confirmed.

Snitch joined Rovers this week on loan from Doncaster, with Ryan Verlinden going the other way. Sharp said: “He will come straight into the starting line-up. There’s no point sitting him on the subs’ bench and letting him have a look at the team, we want to get him embedded in the team as soon as possible. He will offer us a bit more flexibility in certain areas.”

Toby Adamson suffered a badly broken cheekbone and jaw in Wednesday’s defeat at Leigh and will miss the rest of Dewsbury Rams’ season. Gregg Scott (knee) and Sam Dunn (concussion) are also set to miss Sunday’s home derby against Batley Bulldogs