Penkywicz admits games behind closed doors could be awkward

Rochdale captain Sean Penkywicz is happy to play behind closed door but has admitted it could put Championship and League One players in an awkward position.

The veteran hooker, who has previously played for Halifax, Leigh and Toronto, also acknowledged that clubs below Super League may have to be patient in their wait for the season to reconvene.

“I think the RFL will try and get Super League on first and then us after that, which is fair enough,” said Penkywicz.

“When we do get the green light it’ll be around three weeks before we’re ready to play. We’re training at home but we need to get into that team environment and get the contact.

“We would be happy to play behind closed doors if we’re still on partial lockdown, but you would have to test all the players to know they haven’t got it.

“After games we would all be going back home to our families and most of us have to go to work so it could put us in an awkward position.”

Penkywicz would be happy to play behind closed doors if all players were tested. Credit: Rochdale Hornets

Penkywicz is one of many players in League One on a pay as you play contract, having joined Rochdale from Workington prior to the season.

His new club had started the season with an impressive win over fellow promotion hopefuls Keighley before the season was suspended in March.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the season resuming, ‘Penky’ revealed that the Hornets are still doing their utmost to keep their players as close to full fitness as possible.

“Everyone is in a WhatsApp group and the club have been putting things on there for us to do to keep fit, they’ve started going up a notch this week,” he said.

“Nobody knows when this is going to end but we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, they’re giving us incentives to have a proper dig at training.

“Most players at the Hornets are on pay as you play contracts so have other jobs, so we haven’t really had an issue with furlough or anything like that.”

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