Head coach Alan Kilshaw has named his 21-man squad for the south Leeds outfit’s first Betfred League One fixture of the 2023 campaign, at Doncaster on Sunday (19 February).
The Parksiders go into the game on the back of a productive pre-season programme in which Salford Red Devils Reserves and a talented young Leeds Rhinos side were accounted for, while Hunslet – who have recruited significantly during the winter – also performed well against leading Championship outfit Batley Bulldogs.
Killer said: “This isn’t a season-defining game for us. We are growing as a team and learning what our best game model looks like. Combinations and connections are growing and we will be a far better side around Easter, once we have played some consecutive games together.
“Doncaster are probably the opposite to that, having only brought in a few players. They have had an established and settled group for a season (and for two pre-seasons) now and have the favourites tag for a reason.
“For us, it’s exciting. We have put a lot of hard work in, and the players’ attitude has been good and consistent throughout our pre-season. We have put them under pressure and they have responded well. But it’s not what we do on the training field, it’s how we perform each and every Sunday that really matters.”
He concluded: “I know the group are excited about playing in front of our travelling support this weekend; we know there are two points to play for on Sunday and that is our focus.”
Kilshaw will select from: Jimmy Watson, Jack Render, Adam Ryder, Joe Burton, Kieron Lawton, Jake Sweeting, Nathan Conroy, Harvey Hallas, Sam Hallas, Steve Crossley, Josh Jordan-Roberts, Aaron York, Michael Knowles, Danny Barcoe, Nathan Newbound, Jordan Syme, Lewis Wray, Harvey Whiteley, Liam Carr, Jordan Bull, Sean Croston.