LEE DOUGLAS: Nino’s new deal a huge boost

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We’ve been planning for next season for a while now.

Nino Cutino is a big part of those plans and we’re delighted that he’s agreed to stay for another season with us.

He’s not only a cracking player, but he’s a great bloke off the pitch too.

It’s important to have players who are passionate about the game and the club in the ranks, and Nino is certainly one of those guys.

He has such a positive influence on the team and I’m really chuffed he’s sticking around.

Looking back on Saturday’s game, we came up against arguably the best side we’ve played all season.

They were a big, phyiscal side and they were well-organised as well.

The guys did well and we matched them for large parts.

In the second half they almost ran away with it and it would have been easy for the guys to capitulate.

But we stuck with them and dug deep and got back into the game.

We started to control the game and when we got it back to 22-20 it was all us. We were heaping the pressure on.

Tom Ratcliffe hit the post and we had another chance to go over that was spurned. It was frustrating.

When you’re having a poor run, the ball bounces outside the post, when you’re up and winning games it goes in. It’s just something we have to get on with and turn around.

We go to Doncaster Phoenix on Saturday and they will be smarting after we narrowly beat them earlier in the season.

While it would be nice to get a win before our semi-final at Selby next week, it’s not the be-all-and-end-all.

If the guys play like they did on Saturday then they will walk away with the game.

We haven’t played a team as good or as physical as Old Brods and we should have come out on top.

The guys were kicking themselves after the match and they’ve just got to take that into Saturday and put in another performance.

We just need to make sure we play for the full 80 minutes and not just when we go behind and I’m sure we will come away with the win.