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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Jamie Acton desperate to get into action for Workington Town

Workington Town prop Jamie Acton cannot wait for his ban to end so he can get stuck in at Doncaster on Sunday.

Jamie Acton photo
Jamie Acton

Town will be looking for revenge for the 20-0 Championship One play-off defeat at the hands of the South Yorkshire outfit last September, a defeat that ended their 2012 season. And London-born Acton, a professional cage fighter, wants to play a big part in it.

“I can’t wait to get stuck in. I watched the game at Warrington and it was horrible watching from the stand and not being a part of it,” said Wigan-based Acton who helps run the family fitness franchise.

Having served a four-match ban, imposed after an offence against Town while playing for Oldham, 20-year-old Acton feels that he has nothing to prove in a Town shirt, and added: “I can be good for Workington Town and I just want to get on with it. We’ve had a brilliant start to the season, phenomenal. They’re a really good group of lads at Town and I signed because I like the club’s ethos and their style of play.

“I don’t think we have any predisposed concepts of where we are going to finish in the Championship. We’re going to take every game as it comes and I think we can have a very good season. I’m raring to go,” added Acton, who came through the Wigan youth ranks. Town coach Gary Charlton said: “Jamie played very well for Oldham against us last season and a lot of our players said how hard he was to get down.

“He’s trained well, is very fit, and is keen to show us what he can do. Jamie is a listener and is coming on in leaps and bounds. But he knows he is nowhere near the finished article yet.

“However, he’s big, rough and tough and I am sure he can do a job for us.

“We’ll be leaving squad selection until later in the week and we’ll see what they are going to throw at us and pick the team accordingly. It’s going to be hard down there, it always is.”

After winning Championship One last season, Doncaster started their 2013 campaign with a 22-18 defeat at home to Dewsbury beating Barrow 14-4.

Second-rower Mark Shackley trained last night but is still a week or two away following injury, and Town are going to be without Jason Mossop again on Sunday.

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