CLUB captain Austin Buchanan has revealed how he could be back in action for Dewsbury Rams by April.
The 28-year-old, who underwent knee reconstruction surgery late last year, is due to meet with consultants next week regarding his current condition.
But having taken part in full training since the start of the month, wingman Buchanan (pictured above) is confident he has fully overcome a ruptured cruciate ligament.
â€œIt will have been six months since I had the operation by the end of March, so I am hoping to get the all clear from the consultants,â€ said Buchanan.
â€œI have been working my socks off in training â€“ it has been a long road to recovery â€“ and I am hoping to be in contention for the Batley game at the start of April.
â€œFor the past three or four months I have been working to rebuild the strength in my knee, which has been tough to say the least. There have been some brutal sessions.
â€œI had a full knee reconstruction and I certainly feel better for it. I am fitter now than I was when I was 21.â€
A prolific try-scorer in 2012, Buchananâ€™s return would be a major boost for head coach Glenn Morrison, whose side bid to end a two-match losing run at home to Keighley Cougars on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).
The Rams were brushed aside by Leigh last time out, but Buchanan is expecting a backlash from his fellow teammates.
He added: â€œThis weekend is going to be massive for us. We marked a number of games, where we felt we could pick up points this year and Keighley was one of those.
â€œWe have to win on Sunday, there is no other option, there has to be a reaction from the players.
â€œOur form has dipped over the past few weeks and that can knock the confidence of a young side, which is perhaps lacking a little experience. But, in time, it will come back and we will get back on track.â€
Meanwhile, The Press can reveal that the club are in advanced talks with a new backer for the 2014 campaign.
Dewsbury have been without a main sponsor since the recent collapse of scrap metal merchants Eric France, who entered liquidation almost three weeks ago.