Richie Barnett ready for Super League test

Richie Barnett ready for Super League test

25th January 2017

Dons new boy Richie Barnett is looking forward to testing himself against Super League sides Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC.

Barnett gave the home fans a glimpse of what they can expect throughout 2017 with a try-scoring debut in the 22-18 win over Sheffield Eagles.

The Dons face Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC in their final two pre-season games and he  is looking forward to the challenge.

“The next two games will be bigger tests for us but it will be good for us to push ourselves. It’s always good playing against Super League sides as it allows us to see where we’re at and sets us up for the first league game.” he said.

Having signed for the Dons from Hunslet in the off-season, the winger was pleased  to get off the mark quickly with a try in his first outing.

“It’s always good to get a try early on when you’ve just joined a new team. On my first game at the Keepmoat I couldn’t really have asked for a better start,” he said.

“I know a couple of the lads and everyone else has made me feel welcome. It’s been tough but enjoyable at the same time, I felt good out there.”

Barnett, who had a brief spell with Sheffield in 2010, was one of eight new recruits making their first appearances for the club, and he felt that they all started well.

“We’ve worked hard during pre-season, all the boys are feeling fit and strong and hopefully there’s better to come,” added the 35-year-old.

“There’s quite a few new players so you have to learn the new system but we’ve all been working well together and the lads who have been here a while are helping the new lads settle in.”

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Richie Barnett ready for Super League test