SIDDAL boss Lee Greenwood is poised to give a debut to 16 year old Kruise Leeming in tomorrow’s derby clash with Ovenden (1.30).
Leeming, one of the stars of the club’s junior set up, is likely to come off the bench against Gareth Jones’ side.
“We gave Kruise a run in training and he looked as good as anyone,” said Greenwood.
“He can play full back, half back or hooker and he’s physically ready, so we’ll give him a chance and see how he goes.”
Greenwood is likely to start with several other teenagers in his line up, with Tom Shaw at full back in the absence of Scott Caley, Jake Smith continuing at half back and prop Tom Garrat potentially making his debut.
“It’s just about performance for us,” said Greenwood, whose side comfortably dispatched Ovenden at Four Fields earlier in the season.
“I want us to play well, if we do that, the result and scoreline will take care of themselves.”
Ovenden will travel across town without forwards Brett Durkin and Matty Short, who are both unavailable, while prop Matty Collins is suspended.
A significant plus could be the return of player-coach Gareth Jones after almost a month out with a knee injury.
“I’m not sure it’s 100 per cent right, but needs must,” said Jones.
“I was actually on the bench last week but fortunately I didn’t need to go on.
“Games like this are always a big test for us, Siddal are right at the top of the pile and it’s the standard we need to aspire to.
“We’ll go there and give it a go.”
The derby kicks off at the earlier time to give people the opportunity to get the Super League Grand final.
Siddal Under 16s entertain Australian outfit St Edwards Bears on Sunday.
The touring team, who play in the Central Coat League in New South Wales, have already defeated Chorley Panthers 30-10 and Barrow Island 38-6.
Sunday’s game at Chevinedge kicks off at 11.30am.