“Obviously Kev isn’t there, and Mitch Achurch won’t make it either with his injury. Other than that, Andy Yates is our only other long-term injury, so we’ve got a relatively consistent team there which is something we haven’t had for weeks and weeks, so in that it’s a huge positive,” McDermott said.
“It’s an option for Liam Sutcliffe to come back in and replace Kev; he’s been a decent performer this year. He had a remarkable 2013 last year, and played a significant role last year. This year he’s been on loan at Bradford; played back-row, full-back and even centre.
“Whilst he’s not grabbing as many headlines as last year, he’s still a great squad member for us going forward. He’s now got a chance to make a claim for a shirt in the next couple of weeks.”