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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Aussie star Jarrad Stack returns for Workington Town

Gary Charlton warned there was no margin for error this term as Workington Town put the final preparations for their promotion charge.

Jarrad Stack photo
Jarrad Stack

The Town boss – boosted by the return to fitness of Jarrad Stack and Ryan MacDonald – predicted an intense battle to grab the four Championship One promotion places on offer and is looking to get off to a flying start at the expense of visitors Oldham tomorrow (3pm).

“This will probably be the best league for entertainment because everyone is around the same standard,” he said.

“There isn’t a stand-out team for me, and you’ll have to perform every week. Every game is going to be tough and you can’t afford to drop-off. Last week London were just pipped by Halifax and South Wales only just got turned over at Toulouse. They put up a great showing. Oldham, Rochdale and Doncaster are all going to be strong.”

Workington will be without the suspended Brett Carter and Elliott Miller, but Aussie star Stack has recovered from a troublesome hamstring injury and half-back Marc Bainbridge and prop MacDonald also return to action.

“Jarrad has trained for two weeks and it’s a great boost to have him back. He plays to a high standard every time and you know you are going to get 80 minutes of graft and skill from him,” said Charlton.

The coach had no hesitation in switching young Jonathan Dawes to full-back in place of Carter after his impressive start in the pro ranks this term.

“He’s a big, strong lad and we are really happy with his progress. It will take some time to see his full potential, but he’s running strongly in the back line,” he said.

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