TEENAGE pace ace Will Dagger is poised to return to the York City Knights fold for tomorrow's trip to London Skolars - and complete a quintet of Hull KR starlets who are eligible for the rest of the season.

Under dual-registration rules, players from parent clubs must play at least five times for their second team to be eligible for the latter in the last third of the season.

Will Oakes, Matty Marsh, Jordan Walne and Josh Johnson have all hit that mark for high-flying York and silky full-back Dagger will do likewise tomorrow, just 24 hours before the July 15 cut-off point.

Also making a notable return to Knights action is fit-again Aussie strike centre Jake Butler-Fleming, who will hopefully get a good 80 minutes under his belt a week before the Knights go to Bradford Bulls for a potential do-or-die clash in the race for the Betfred League One crown.

Head coach James Ford said of 19-year-old Dagger: "It's great to get him qualified.

"He's a quality player with lots of pace and a really good future in the game if he continues to work hard.

"It gives us options. He can play full-back or half-back which frees up other players to move around."

He added: "We've got 10 grand finals ahead of us and we need options and depth and we need people competing for places for these remaining games."

Former Penrith Panthers junior and Hull KR star Butler-Fleming has been beset by bad luck this term.

Following his switch to Toronto on the eve of the season, he returned on loan to the Knights in April but has played only three full matches due to a dead leg and then a pectoral muscle tear which has seen him miss the last five games.

Ford said: "We've been patient with Jake. There was an outside chance he could have played before this game but we wanted to make sure he'll be back for the remainder of the season rather than risk a recurrence.

"He's a quality player and I'm delighted to bring him back into the side."

Asked if it would be good for the Aussie to get 80 minutes in before the all-important trip to Odsal, Ford said: I'm not really thinking about the Bradford game.

"London Skolars are a good side in their own right. It would be disrespectful to look beyond this game. If we do that, London are capable of turning us over."

Dagger will go in at full-back tomorrow in a straight swap for Marsh, who is suspended after being slapped with a one-match ban for a tip-tackle in the win over Newcastle Thunder.

None of Oakes, Walne and Johnson are involved either. Walne has a minor knock and is resting that with a view to featuring against Bradford. On-loan prop Colton Roche also sits this one out after tweaking his groin again against Doncaster last week.

Johnson, meanwhile, may well be forced to miss the Bulls match after his red card against the Dons, with the club preparing for a one-game ban when he has his disciplinary hearing next Tuesday.

Adam Robinson, Dan Hawksworth and Ronan Dixon all come into the pack tomorrow, all vying for a shirt against Bradford.

Andy Ellis also rests a few niggling injuries, with Will Jubb the likely replacement as starting hooker, although Dan Maskill is also in the 19-man squad. Liam Jackson is also involved again but probably as 18th man.

Butler-Fleming's return frees up Joe Batchelor to return to the back row, which allows Sam Scott to have an overdue week off.

Ford said: "Sam's got a couple of little niggles. Mike Kelly has been playing really well and Joe is best in the back row - we've been waiting to get him in the back row for a while. He's done a tremendous job for us at centre, though, and probably added another dimension to his game, getting that experience in that position."

Skolars: Hall, Finigan, Juma, Lawrence, Yates, M Bishay, Coleman, M Greenhalgh, Thorman, Martin, Bryan, Nash, Chester. Subs: from Butler, Driver, Mbaraga, Meadows, Ross, Williams.

Knights (probable): Dagger, Robson, Hey, Butler-Fleming, Mazive, Cockayne, C Robinson, A Robinson, Jubb, Horne, Batchelor, Kelly, Spears. Subs: Carter, Dixon, Porter, Hawksworth. Stand-by: Maskill, Jackson.