MATTY BEHARRELL says he is raring to go for Doncaster - and to face York City Knights for the second time in three weeks.

The 25-year-old, who has signed a deal until the end of 2019, could go straight into the Dons team that will take on York on Sunday, and believes he can have an immediate impact.

He is one of the players to have left Keighley Cougars after their financial struggles came to light soon after their defeat to second-placed York a fortnight ago.

He told the Dons website: “York are a very good side and I came up against them a couple of weeks ago with Keighley. They’re up there on merit so if I’m picked it’s one I’ll look forward to.

“The play-offs are a realistic aim for us and it’s where we should be. We need to try and win as many games as possible going into the back end of the season.

“We have some real knowledgeable coaches at the club who are good at what they do, so I’m looking forward to learning from them.”

Beharrell says the chance to work under Dons boss Richard Horne was a reason he joined the club.

He added: “There were a few options for me. I’m from Hull and it’s a good drive down for me and the chance to play at the Keepmoat was a big pull.

“Richard Horne is someone I’ve watched for many years and I admired the way he played for Hull and Great Britain.

“He’s got so much knowledge on rugby league so if I can tap into that to improve my game then that will help me massively.”

Doncaster are without the dangerous Jordi Hedges and will not have former Knights playmaker Liam Harris or centre Cameron Scott on dual-reg from Hull, but scrum-half Jez Litten and loose-forward Jansin Turgut are in from the Airlie Birds.

Beharrell could also slip straight in at scrum-half alongside ex-Knight Jordan Howden.

Former Featherstone and Wakefield back-row Frankie Mariano, centre Liam Welham and ex-Knights prop Ross Osborne also return to the squad.

York boss James Ford is under no illusions about the dangers the Dons pose, especially after their morale-boosting hammering of Hemel Stags.

“They’ve got threats all over the field," he said.

“I’ve just watched Jack Sanderson almost score at will against Hemel. Richard Owen has all that Super League experience. Jason Tali is always a threat.

“Ross Osborne carries the ball strongly and they’ve got a sharp hooker out of dummy-half.

“We will need to be very good to make sure we win the game.”

Doncaster (possible): Sanderson, Owen, Welham, Tali, Jones-Bishop, Howden, Litten, Spiers, Kesik, Boyle, England, Mariano, Turgut, Subs: from Osborne, Connor Scott, Lane, Litten, Beharrell, Doherty.