Second row Aaron York, who has missed Hunslet’s last two fixtures through tonsilitis, has recovered and is named by head coach Alan Kilshaw in the Parksiders’ squad for Sunday’s home Betfred League One fixture with Rochdale Hornets, which kicks off earlier than usual, at 1.00pm.
Winger Johny Campbell, meanwhile, is also in the 21, his loan agreement with Batley having been renewed following his recall by the Bulldogs for last week’s Betfred Challenge Cup tie at Hull KR.
Hunslet are, though, still without halfback Fraser Stroud, who is sidelined with a foot injury for an indefinite period. Second row Nathan Newbound is undergoing rehabilitation for the next few weeks on an ongoing back issue, although fullback Jimmy Watson, who recently sustained a serious finger injury at work, is back in light training.
Harvey Whiteley and Spencer Darley, meanwhile, are in the last week of their loan spells with Cornwall.
Hunslet are among a number of clubs chasing promotion and are two points clear of Rochdale in the table, although Hornets have played one more match than have the Parksiders. `Killer’ said: “We don’t need to focus on the importance of the game; for us, every match is important.
“Every game is a challenge; the top six is as close as it’s ever been in this league, and that’s been reflected in the start of the season. It remains to be seen whether it ends up like that but our focus, in all honesty, is on the day-to-day, and on how we improve and evolve as individuals and as a unit. We are focused on building good habits on and off the field, which will see us achieve consistency for longer periods.”
Hunslet (v Rochdale Hornets, Sunday 27 May, 1.00pm, at the South Leeds Stadium) from: Jack Render, Adam Ryder, Joe Burton, Jake Sweeting, Nathan Conroy, Harvey Hallas, Sam Hallas, Steve Crossley, Josh Jordan-Roberts, Aaron York, Michael Knowles, Danny Barcoe, Jordan Syme, Lewis Wray, Morgan Punchard, Jordan Bull, Sean Croston, Brad Wheeler, Alfie Goddard, Matty Beharrell, Johnny Campbell.