RHYS Lovegrove has admitted he would love to award Cougars club legend James Feather a dramatic comeback at home to rock-bottom West Wales this Sunday, but fears circumstances may conspire against him.

Keighley have a nice run of games in West Wales, Coventry and London Skolars coming up, and if Feather features in all three, he would break Phil Stephenson’s summer appearance record of 343.

But it is not that simple, with Lovegrove saying: “I’m going to chat with Buster (Feather) this week, as he has been jumping in a bit at training.

“But he’s been busy with his business, so he could be a victim of that.

“The other problem is we’ve had key players missing like QLT (Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e) and Scott Murrell. They’ve only played a couple of games and Kyle Kesik has only had one at nine.

“We need consistency, so as long as they’re all fit for the weekend, it’s going to be difficult to rotate.

“Buster would have to be part of us achieving our objectives if he were going to play.

“It would be a great thing to do but he knows that ultimately we’re here to win rugby league games first and foremost.”

Lovegrove felt his team ran out of energy in their defeat to Workington at the weekend, but also said they need to retain the ball better and cut out the mistakes, with five of the Cumbrians’ six tries coming from Cougars errors.

But one bright spot was the return of Laulu-Togaga’e, who produced fine assists for both of Josh Slingsby’s tries.

Lovegrove said: “You can just tell when QLT is on the pitch because he has that quality and he’s a cut above a lot of the players on the field.

“It always looks like something’s going to happen when he’s on the ball, but our trouble is that we can’t get the personnel out.

“We pretty much had our best side out against Doncaster, but then we’ve had little niggles ahead of or in games.

“We’ve worked hard in these first five games, and tried to go in all singing and dancing to get wins.

“We’ve not been up to standard in some, but we’ve not had the personnel either, and you need both, which is maybe why we’ve only won twice so far.”

But there could be some good news ahead of West Wales, with Lovegrove saying: “We hope to have a couple back, like Mo Agoro on the wing.

“Josh has been outstanding out there, but Mo just offers a lot in the back field.

“We’ll look at Scott and hopefully he’ll be fit after missing Workington, but Wellington Albert, Billy Gaylor and Alix Stephenson are all still a way off.”

On paper, West Wales offers welcome respite after a tough start to the season, and Lovegrove said: “It’s a good opportunity for us to stick to our gameplan.

“They still have a really good forward pack, athletic outside backs, and Rangi Chase.

“They’ve got the potential to score points, but they’ve not got a lot of rugby league experience within the team.

“The only way to capitalise on that though is to stick to the process which allows us to play our footy, and to be ruthless.”