June 29, 2016
Chaplow leaves Rovers
Midfielder Richard Chaplow has left Doncaster Rovers with immediate effect after invoking the 'relegation clause' in his contract.
The 31 year old joined Rovers from Millwall last summer and went on to play 30 games for the club, scoring twice.
Boss Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "It's obviously a decision Richard has to make with the way his contract lies. If he did decide to stay, I'd be more than happy with that. He proved at the end of last season, and before that, he is a quality player. Richard just needs consistency and he didn't get that last season. But he's a player who can comfortably cope at this level and the one above."
June 29, 2016
Crowdfunding campaign launched to pay Dean's fine!
A "Crowdfunding" campaign has been launched to help pay former Rovers manager Dean Saunders' "parking fine", which stands at around £1,000 and is growing by an estimated £100 per day.
Saunders is presently in France working for the BBC in Euro 2016, but the success of the Wales team has caught him out!
So confident was Dean that Wales would be making an early return home, that he parked his car in the 'short stay' car park at Birmingham Airport, and only took a small suitcase with him. So not only has he to pay for his car parking, but he's also run out of clean clothes!
Saunders told BBC Radio Five Live on Monday: "I tell you how confident I was with Wales. I parked in the short-stay car park at Birmingham Airport two weeks ago. I took a little suitcase that fitted onto the plane so I’ve run out of clothes and now I’m going to have a £1,000 bill when I get back to Birmingham because they charge you a fortune. But I’m just happy to be here. Going into this game on Friday it’s unbelievable to think of Wales being in the quarter-finals. Three wins more and we’ve won Euro 2016!"
June 29, 2016
Marquis looking forward to partnership with Andy
New Rovers signing John Marquis is looking forward to forming a strike partnership with Andy Williams next season, although with the new signings made by Darren Ferguson this summer, there will be competition for places up front.
He told the Doncaster Star: "He’s a very good player who has scored a lot of goals over the last few years. It’ll probably come as a bit of a surprise to him that he’s playing at this level. It’s great for us to play together and hopefully score a lot of goals to help get Doncaster promoted. Whoever is playing up front, we’ve got to make sure we’re scoring the goals or helping each other do it. If the team can keep them out at the other end as well, we’ll hopefully win enough games to win promotion."
June 29, 2016
Woods stays on at Pools
Ex-Rovers midfielder Michael Woods, who started off his career as a trainee at Chelsea, has agreed a new contract with Hartlepool United, which had been on the table since the end of last season.
Woods has made 42 appearances for the club since joining from Harrogate Town in 2014, but missed the latter stages of the 2014/15 season due to an ankle injury.
Boss Craig Hignett was delighted to get his man, commenting: "Michael is a terrific player and I am delighted we have managed to get him sorted."
June 28, 2016
Ferguson predicts Marquis will be fans favourite
Boss Darren Ferguson reckons that new striker John Marquis has what it takes to be a big hit with the Doncaster Rovers supporters this coming season.
Speaking after Rovers had made their seventh signing of the summer, Ferguson told DROS: "We’re pleased to get it done. He’s a different type of striker who’s got good experience for a 24 year old. His work ethic means the fans will take to him straight away, he never gives defenders a minute and in terms of how I want to play, that will help. He’s good with his back to goal; he’ll keep hold of the ball and do something in the last third. His goalscoring record is pretty decent as well which is pretty important."
He continued: "When I met him I liked him, his determination and the way in which he wants to kick on in his career. He’s had quite a few loan moves but he wants to get settled so I had a good chat with him, everything we needed to do and he was delighted to sign."
June 28, 2016
Burge - still time to make it to the top
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Ryan Burge may be acquiring as many clubs as Jack Nicklaus even though he is still only 27 years old, but he still thinks that there is time for him to play at the "top level", with the confidence in his own ability undiminished.
Burge helped Sutton United win the National League South title last season and has turned down an approach from A-League club Central Coast Mariners to remain at Sutton for next season.
He admitted: "I know I haven't reached my potential yet and I know I should have done a lot more. I still want to play at the top level still and I've always been confident in my own ability. I'll work my way back up again and the determination is there. I've had knock backs but I'll keep getting back up as many times as it takes. I have had some success, but I have unfinished business and there is still a lot I want to achieve."
He added: "I should be coming into my best years now, but I am confident I can play for a long time yet because I look after myself and I don't feel I have reached my peak yet. I suppose I have a unique story, but I want to put everything that's happened in the past behind me now and get on with my career. Anything can happen in football and I remember my old Hoddle Academy team mate Sam Clucas being booed by Hereford fans in the Conference, but now he's a Premier League player with Hull City. Football is so much about opinions and I am determined to prove people wrong and fulfil my potential."
June 28, 2016
Ferguson - no more signings planned
Doncaster Rovers, for a change, were active early in the summer transfer window this year, and have completed their transfer activity, with any further arrivals likely to rest with loan signings. Under new loan transfer regulations instigated by UEFA, players will have to be loaned only during the recognised transfer windows, thus necessitating half or full-season loans.
Speaking before the Rovers squad returned for pre-season training yesterday, Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "In terms of what we’ve got in, we’re going back to training on Monday with decent numbers. We’ll probably look at getting one or two loans in but that won’t be now until the later part of July. The players that I’ve got in, I’m happy with. I’m certainly not looking at buying any more players at the moment. We’ll be looking at the loan market and I’m already up at 19 players without going into that. That’s very good really."
June 28, 2016
Dumbuya injury blow
Ex-Rovers defender Mustapha Dumbuya's season could be over - and his club, Partick Thistle, hadn't even reported back for pre-season training yet!
Dumbuya suffered a ruptured achilles tendon a week ago, and has already had surgery. While Partick are not yet commenting on how long it will take the Sierra Leone international to fully recover, such injuries often have a lay-off period of at least six months.
A statement issued by Partick Thistle read: "Dumbuya was operated on last night by one of the top surgeons in the UK and, while it is far too early to put any kind of timescale on his recovery, is currently in the best possible hands to aid his return to fitness. All at Firhill wish Mustapha the very best and hopefully it will not be too long before he is back in red and yellow."
June 27, 2016
Forest cup ticket details
Doncaster Rovers have announced details of ticket prices for the forthcoming League Cup game against Nottingham Forest.
The game has been confirmed for Tuesday, 9th August with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Tickets are priced as follows: Adults £15 - Concession (17-21 years and 60+) £10 - Juniors (16 & under) £5
Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders from Monday, 4th July, to "Members" from Monday, 18th July, with remaining tickets going on general sale from Monday, 25th July.
Supporters subscribing to "Cup Direct" will have their tickets posted out in the week commencing Monday, 4th July.
June 27, 2016
Rovers back to training today
The Doncaster Rovers squad report back to the club's Cantley Park training ground for their first day of pre-season training as they prepare for the 2016/17 season.
The squad have already had two days of fitness testing at Leeds Beckett University, with boss Darren Ferguson pleased with the condition of the returning players.
He told the Doncaster Star: "It all went well. There were no fines to hand out. Gone are the days where they’d come back carrying an extra stone. They’ve all had programmes and I’m sure they’ve stuck to them. Speaking to some of them, they’re excited for the season ahead."
Ferguson has a schedule worked out for the players, and along with some intense fitness work with the fitness coach, the Rovers boss will get back to working with the ball, and in particular on different formations and shapes by the middle of the week.
Ferguson added: "From Wednesday, so three days in, we’ll be doing shape work on different shapes. There will be a lot of ball work. Most of it will be with the ball to be fair. The fitness coach can take the blame for all the other bits. It will be hard. The pre-season we’ve put together, the fitness coach can take a lot of credit. He’s put together all this stuff in terms of organisation and time scale which has been really good. But there will be ball work from day one, a lot of technical work and shape work to make sure they’re absolutely bang on for the start of the season."
June 27, 2016
Marosi ready to take his chance
Rovers goalkeeper Mario Marosi has signed a new one year deal at the Keepmoat Stadium, but he is not doing so to sit on the bench for the whole of the season.
He is ready to compete with new signing Ross Etheridge for the first team spot in the team, and will push the former Altrincham stopper all the way.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, he said: "I’m prepared to do whatever it takes and to try my best. I’ll come back to pre-season fit and healthy, in good shape and good form, and show the gaffer that he can put his trust in me. Hopefully I’ll get to play a couple of friendlies and it’s up to me to show the manager what I can do."
He added: "Since I first signed here, I think I’ve improved a lot. Fitness-wise, strength-wise, technically, handling, reflexes - I’ve improved a lot in everything under Paul Gerrard. I’m glad that I can be here for another year and hopefully more, keep improving, and hopefully get that chance and when it comes, take it."
June 27, 2016
Lalkovic turns down new Saddlers deal
Former Doncaster Rovers loan striker Milan Lalkovic has turned down the offer of a new contract at League One club Walsall. He had been offered a new one year deal, but announced on Facebook that he would be moving on.
He said: "After thinking about my future I chose not to accept the terms offered from Walsall for a simple reason. We did not agree on the new deal so it was best to move on."
Lalkovic first joined Walsall on loan from Chelsea in the summer of 2013 for a six month stay, and then returned on a full transfer last summer.
June 26, 2016
Coventry pre-season game announced
Doncaster Rovers have announced that a "final friendly" of the pre-season campaign has now been added to the list, with an away game at League One club Coventry City now confirmed for Friday, 29th July. That game will, for some reason, be played at the Liberty Way Stadium, the home of Nuneaton Town.
The Coventry game comes a week before the new League season opens in early August.
A kick-off time of 7:30pm has been confirmed for the fixture.
Rovers have now confirmed home games against Middlesbrough (16 July) and Newcastle United (20th July), with away pre-season games at Rossington Main (12 July), Kidderminster Harriers (23rd July), York City (26th July) and Coventry City (29th July).
June 26, 2016
Thomas joins Harriers
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Wayne Thomas has been confirmed as Kidderminster Harriers' first signing of the summer after signing a one year contract. Wayne previously played with Kidderminster boss John Eustace at Stoke City earlier in his career, with the Harriers' head of coaching, Matt Gardiner, hailing the arrival of Thomas at the club.
He told the Kidderminster Shuttle: "Wayne is a natural leader, it doesn’t matter what the score is he won’t panic and change his game. He’s a great organiser and brings the best out in those around him and it’s no surprise many of them have gone on to better things."
Harriers have organised a home pre-season friendly against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, January 23.
June 26, 2016
Collin is Sheridan's first signing
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Adam Collin has joined Notts County after being released by Rotherham United at the end of his contract this summer.
He becomes new boss John Sheridan's first signing of the summer, and has agreed a two year contract with County.
He has played over 200 league games in the last four seasons, the last three being at Rotherham, but he only played twice for the Millers last season, which led to a loan spell at Aberdeen.
Speaking to the Notts County web site, boss John Sheridan said: "He's a very good goalkeeper. He's got great experience. He's had promotions from this division and he's played at a higher level. I'm very pleased to get him, I know other clubs were interested in him but Adam has made the decision to come to us. He will be a really good asset for us."
Collin added: "I am delighted to be here. It's another part of my career that I am looking forward to and I am looking forward to getting started. I was out of contract at Rotherham and there was a bit of interest from other clubs. But my agent spoke to the manager here at Notts County and it was a no brainer."
June 26, 2016
Shiels will not join father at Derry
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Dean Shiels, who was released by Rangers at the end of his contract this summer, is looking for a new club, but his father, Kenny, who is now boss at Irish club Derry City, has said that Dean will not be joining them.
While the signing would be a significant signing for Derry, Kenny has ruled out an approach to sign his son, saying: "He’s got opportunities to go to the continent so I’m sure he’ll take one of those up. It’s not a runner with us. It’s not feasible or possible at this moment in time. They (Rangers) have to accommodate the Joey Barton money and things like that so I guess that’s why they’ve let him go."
June 25, 2016
Ferguson wants good start
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is well aware that it is vital to get off to a good start next season if they are to avoid criticism from the fans.
And the state of the pitches in the depth of winter is something that Ferguson is well aware of, and he wants to have as many points on the board before then as possible.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "The one thing about League Two is that the opening three months of the season is important, because once you get to November and December the pitches turn. They’re not great. So if you want to play football, you’ve got to start well."
"The start of the season is going to be very important for us. We want to make sure we get the fans onside. We won’t get much time next season. If we start the season badly, there’s no question that quite rightly the fans will be on us."
June 25, 2016
Wright hopes Stanley experience will help
New Rovers defender Joe Wright is hoping that his experience of playing in League Two with Accrington Stanley last season will give him an advantage for the coming season. Until picking up an injury in February, Wright was a regular in the Accrington side, and is relishing the prospect of getting on the pitch with Rovers.
He commented to the Doncaster Free Press: "Having that experience of the league already from last season gives me that slight advantage going into the season. I know what the teams are like in League Two and I think that helps. I learned a lot last season, going up against more experienced players, and that benefitted me. Now it’s about developing that even further at Doncaster."
Wright, who turned down a new contract at Huddersfield Town to move to Rovers, added: "I’m from Selby so it’s not far away. I obviously know a lot about the club. They’re not a League Two team. They deserve to be in the leagues above that. I know how big the club is and I know it’s a fantastic opportunity for myself."
"I was offered a contract at Huddersfield but personally I didn’t think it was one that would benefit myself. I came to the decision that I wanted to leave the club in January, so I had clubs watching me while I was playing for Accrington. I enjoyed my time at Accrington and I’m very thankful to the manager there, John Coleman, for giving me that opportunity, and I’m obviously thankful now for the opportunity that I have got at Doncaster."
June 25, 2016
Terrell moves to Scarborough
Former Doncaster Rovers youth team striker Callum Terrell has become Scarborough Athletic's second signing of the summer after leaving Wrexham this summer.
Callum started his career in Rovers' youth team before moving to National League club Wrexham when released by Rovers, since when he has spent time on loan at Connah's Quay and Bradford Park Avenue.
Athletic's boss, Steve Kittrick, told the Scarborough News: "Callum is a young hungry lad with a point to prove and we look forward to seeing what he can do for Scarborough."
Terrell told them: "I had the chance to stay on at Wrexham, but going to Scarborough gives me more of a path to show off what I can do. I want to be playing games and I want to be scoring goals. When I was in my last year at Donny I scored 19 in 21 games and I scored 10 in four games at the start of last season."
"I made a couple of loan moves, but I wasn't given the chance. I'm hoping that I get that opportunity at Scarborough. I need to find at level and I need to build from that level, Scarborough have given me that. They are a club going in the right direction. There is a new stadium on the way and the gaffer is definitely the right man for the job."
June 25, 2016
Nelson linked with Southend
Ex-Rovers goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, who is out of contract at Gillingham, is being linked with a move to Southend United, according to the Southend Echo - but Gillingham have already offered him a new deal and are hopeful of keeping their man.
Nelson, now aged 34, has been with the Gills since 2012 and has over 150 appearances for the club to his name, but any move has been delayed as the player has been away on holiday.
Southend boss Phil Brown has not named his target, but commented recently: "The goalkeeper may take a little bit longer because he’s away on holiday at the moment. (His) club have also offered him a contract, so we do have other options lined up if he decides to stay with them."
Gills boss Justin Edinburgh said: "We are talking and I don’t think we are a million miles away."
June 25, 2016
Summer changes at Rovers
There have been a number of staff changes at Doncaster Rovers, with the most notable being the departure of Academy Manager, Paul Wilson.
The club issued a brief statement of his departure on Friday which brings to an end his ten year stay at the club - Club Doncaster had advertised for an Academy Manager in their vacancies on Tuesday.
Also, the club announced on Friday that Training Ground and Kit Manager Phil Goldman has left the club "for family reasons". Goldman was brought to the club in summer 2013 by Paul Dickov and was key in reorganising the training complex.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Ryan Murrant, has also left the club, departing for "personal reasons, to take on a new pathway in his career and fulfil other interests".
The club are now advertising for a new Media Manager and Marketing Manager.
Adding to the changes to be made this summer is that of Finance Manager, with Club Doncaster also advertising for applications for the vacancy.
June 24, 2016
Mattioni released by Everton, but Grant stays
Everton have issued their 'released' list of players for the summer, with Brazilian full-back Felipe Mattioni, who spent time on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season, one of those not to be offered a new deal.
Mattioni was given a short term contract by Everton, in order for him to prove his fitness, with a longer term deal on the table if he could do so, but the injury picked up during his time at Rovers ultimately proved costly.
Young midfielder Conor Grant, who also spent a spell on loan at the Keepmoat Stadium last season, is one of seven out of contract players to be offered a new contract by Everton.
June 24, 2016
Rovers can "play their way" out of League Two
New signing Mathieu Baudry thinks that Doncaster Rovers can 'play their way' to promotion next season, and cites his experience of last season playing on loan for Oxford United as knowing how it can be done.
He told the Doncaster Star earlier this month: "I like to play good football, I like to play it out. So I suppose I’m not your typical centre back. First and foremost I’ve got to do my job defensively but I can bring a bit more with the ball and I’m happy to do that. I know the manager and his teams always play good football."
"Oxford went up last season playing good football - so it’s possible to get out of this league playing like that. I know there’s a time and a place to do it, but I wanted to be somewhere where the manager encourages his team to play. Of course, there will be times when we will have to adapt to the situation and mix it up. But I’m excited about the project here at Doncaster and I’m looking forward to getting started."
June 24, 2016
Hume signs on again
Ex-Doncaster Rovers striker Iain Hume has re-signed for Indian club Atletico de Kolkata for the third season of the Indian Super League . He was a big success at the club in the 2015 season, scoring 11 goals including two hat-tricks, and helped Atletico reach the semi-finals.
It will be Iain's third season in the Indian Super League - two years ago he had a successful season with Kerala Blasters, after which he returned to England to try and earn a contract with Tranmere Rovers, but his fitness was an issue and they elected to release him at the end of the 2014/15 season.
June 24, 2016
Pitch renovations going well
The pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium has been getting its annual renovation to ensure that it is in peak condition for the start of the new season.
With Rovers, Doncaster Rovers Belles and Doncaster Rugby League Club playing on the pitch, regular maintenance is vital, and as in past seasons, the existing grass has been removed, with grass, seed and fertilizer applied. The new grass is growing well and will be played on for the first time on Saturday, 16th July when Rovers play Middlesbrough.
June 24, 2016
Spurr in demand
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Tommy Spurr has been offered a new contract by new Blackburn boss Owen Coyle, but as he is out of contract, he is still entitled to talk to other interested clubs.
His agent has indicated that Spurr is interesting Preston North End, who are hoping to strengthen their defensive options by the time they return for pre-season training.
Spurr, now aged 28, joined Blackburn three years ago and was a regular last season, although he missed the later stages with an Achilles tendon injury, but was one of several players to be released at the end of his contract, at a time when the club were without a manager.
However, Coyle has since offered Tommy a new contract, telling the Lancashire Evening Post: "We have spoken with Tommy and with his agent and, if there’s a deal to be done with Blackburn Rovers, then that’s one we’d certainly like to conclude. Having said that, I’m sure his agent will have been speaking to a number of clubs in those weeks since the season ended."
June 23, 2016
2016/17 fixtures out
The Football League have released the 2016/17 fixture list for all member clubs, with the season beginning on Saturday, 6th August
Rovers face a trip to Accrington Stanley for their first game, which will see two new signings, Ross Etheridge and Joe Wright, making their Rovers debuts against the club they left this summer.
There are then three successive home games, with a home draw in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest being followed by matches against Crawley Town and Cambridge United.
The full list of fixtures can be seen by clicking on the logo to the left, but some dates to note see Rovers at home to Grimsby Town on the final Saturday fixture before Christmas, a relatively short trip to Notts County on Boxing Day followed by an even shorter trip to Mansfield on New Year's Eve.
The season wraps up (play-offs excepting) on Saturday, 6th May, with a trip to Hartlepool for Rovers.
With a dominance of southern teams in League Two next season, it will be a tough one for those travelling to away games - the Free Press has calculated that you will need to travel a total of 6,864 miles, a massive 2,428 miles more than to away games last season.
Boss Darren Ferguson commented (before the fixtures were released): "Geographically it’s a very southern league whereas this year we had ten games that were derbies. Next season I think it’ll be only three games where we’re not going overnight, that are less than two and a half hours. It changes things. It might not seem it but there are a lot of different things in terms of planning. You might be at Exeter on a Tuesday night and Plymouth on a Saturday. But we have to cope with that."
June 23, 2016
Rovers given home tie against Forest
Doncaster Rovers have been given a home draw against Championship club Nottingham Forest in the first round of the EFL Cup - which was sponsored last season by Capital One.
Rovers last met Forest in the Championship back in 2014, which ended in a goalless draw, and will be hoping for similar success to last season, when they pulled off a shock by beating Leeds United at the Keepmoat Stadium.
First round ties will be played in the week commencing 8th August, and ticket prices will be announced by the club in due course.
June 23, 2016
No change of heart by Ferguson for released four
Boss Darren Ferguson has confirmed that the players transfer listed by Doncaster Rovers this summer will not be playing for him next season, and will not get the opportunity to change his mind in pre-season training.
In fact, he is hoping that most will already have left by the time the squad report back for pre-season training on Monday.
He told the Doncaster Star: "I think I’m right in saying some of them are pretty close in doing deals. We’ve still got a few days before Monday. There’s a good chance the ones that are on the list will be moving on to different things before then. Certainly three or four of them anyway. That’s with other clubs and we’d certainly expect a couple be done by the end of the week. I don’t like being in the situation where there’s players you don’t want and they’re at the training ground. It’s never healthy. Hopefully they’ll get a deal which suits them and us and we can shake hands."
Thorsten Stuckmann, Curtis Main, Dany N'Guessan and Billy Whitehouse all remain on the transfer list.
June 23, 2016
MacKenzie joins St Mirren
Doncaster Rovers defender Gary MacKenzie has left the club and has signed a one year contract with Scottish Championship club St Mirren to work with boss Alex Rae, who coached him when the pair were at Dens Park for two years.
MacKenzie was transfer listed by Rovers this summer after spending the latter part of the season out at Notts County.
Gary told St Mirren's official club web site: "I obviously respect Alex and I’ve worked under him before – he’s a good coach. He spoke very well about the club and what he’s trying to build here. I’ve been in England for six years and I had moved the family back up to Scotland three years ago but it hasn’t been ideal. When I spoke to Alex he told me there was a possibility that I could come here, get back to playing and enjoying my football and going home to my family it was very appealing."
He added: "I’ve got a lot of experience and I’ve played at quite a high level. I played 50 games in the English Championship and did well enough to be called into the Scotland squad. I’m fully committed in everything I do and hopefully with me coming back here to my family then the football takes care of itself and you should actually see a better me than I have been in the last few years."
New boss Alex Rae commented: "I worked with him a couple of years ago at Blackpool in the Championship - we have a quality player on our hands. It was just an opportunity really that presented itself. I knew Gary was looking to get back up the road."
"He's experienced, he brings physicality," Rae added. "You want to have a physicality throughout your team, but he's also a very good footballer."
June 23, 2016
Ferguson reveals Chaplow could stay
Rovers manager Darren Ferguson has not ruled out the possibility of midfielder Richard Chaplow staying at the club, despite a relegation clause in his contract that was expected to be triggered by the player which would allow him to leave by the end of the month.
Richard is yet to trigger his release - he still has a year of his contract to run after joining Rovers last summer.
Ferguson told the Yorkshire Post: "Chappy has not gone yet and he has got until the end of the month. He has a clause in his contract that he can take up if he wants to leave and I will be having discussions with him this week. If he decides he wants to stay, then I don’t think that would be a bad thing at all because he can obviously cope with the level we are going to be at."
June 22, 2016
Tyson - "I had to leave"
Rovers striker Nathan Tyson left the club earlier this month expressing regret at his departure, although it seemed unclear as to whether his leaving was triggered by the player, club or "by mutual agreement".
But Tyson looked back with fondness at his time with Rovers, and said to the Doncaster Free Press: "I’m just gutted that I left, but I had to leave really. It just wasn’t feasible for me to be there to be honest. It’s a good club and I had a great time there. They made me fall in love with football again."
"I’ve got that bit between my teeth now, I’m very ambitious, and my next club that I go to I want them to match my ambitions as a player and further on as well."
Looking to the future, he continued; "I don’t know. I’m officially unemployed! I’m getting married so my wedding is the most important thing at the moment. I don’t want to think too much about football."
June 22, 2016
County after Jordan
Former Doncaster Rovers loan striker Jordan Bowery is a man in demand after leaving Oxford United this summer.
Notts County are one of several clubs reported to be 'chasing' the former Aston Villa man, who scored 7 goals in 17 games for Oxford since making the switch from Rotherham United in the January transfer window.
Bowery is known to new County boss John Sheridan, having played for him when the pair were at Chesterfield, with his form in Derbyshire leading to his £500,000 move to Villa in 2012.
June 22, 2016
Hignett confident Woods will stay
Ex-Rovers midfielder Michael Woods will stay at Hartlepool United, although boss Craig Hignett admits the player has yet to put pen to paper.
Woods was out of contract at the end of the season, but there are a number of clubs reported to be interested in signing him - but Hignett is sure that Michael will not move on.
He told the Hartlepool Mail: "I think Woodsy is away on holiday at the moment. When he comes back, I think he’ll come in and sign. He’s been great with me, he’s been totally honest. When there was that stuff in the press about Blackburn, he asked me if I was going. I said I wasn’t and, as far I was concerned there was nothing in it. Woodsy said that he’d wait till that vacancy was filled - obviously he didn’t believe me! Now it has been filled (by Owen Coyle) I hope to see him come in and sign."
June 22, 2016
Ryan and Price are World Cup winners!
Former Doncaster Rovers players Tim Ryan and Jason Price were part of the England squad taking part in the recent Seniors World Cup, which was played in Thailand earlier this month.
The competition is aimed at players over 38 years old, with England hoping to build on their progress to the semi-finals last year - and they lifted the trophy after defeating the host nation in the final.
England were in a group with Iran, Taiwan and the USA, with Ryan scoring in their 6-0 opening win over Taiwan - that was followed by a 2-0 win over the USA, although Ryan was sent off for a second yellow card in that game. England lost the final group game against Iran 2-1, but went through to meet Scotland in the semi-finals.
England won that game 3-1, with the final against Thailand being a close affair, eventually winning 1-0.
Ryan told the Buxton Advertiser: "It’s the second time I’ve been out there; last year we got to the semi-final so were determined to go one better. This time we ended up playing five games in six days, which in the heat is pretty tiring, but it was worth it as we won the final 1-0."
Ryan added: "It’s competitive stuff and with the games being 80 minutes long, with water breaks half way through each half, it takes it out of you which is why you need to take a big squad. It’s good to catch up with a lot of the lads and there’s plenty of chill out time too, but when you’re travelling so far and when you’re away for the best part of two weeks, it’s important to try and do well so we’re chuffed to have won it."
June 20, 2016
Free friendlies for kids offer
Doncaster Rovers are giving the chance for their younger supporters to watch the home pre-season games totally free of charge - as long as they are accompanied by a full paying adult.
Rovers are hoping to use the games against Middlesbrough and Newcastle United as an opportunity to "build our fanbase", with the hope that if the kids enjoy themselves, they will come back regularly in years to come.
Rovers are set to include all of their new summer signings in the games, with the two home pre-season games confirmed so far as being against Middlesbrough (Saturday, 16th July) and Newcastle United (Wednesday, 20th July).
Ticket prices for the games are:
Adults £10 - Concessions (17-21 years and 60+) £5 - Juniors (16 & under) £1 (free if accompanied by a full paying adult).
June 20, 2016
McSheffrey - Tommy was key in me signing
New signing Gary McSheffrey was convinced that signing for Doncaster Rovers was the right thing to do once it had been confirmed that midfielder Tommy Rowe had signed.
At the end of last season, Darren Ferguson had said that he doubted that Rowe would sign for Rovers due to their relegation to League Two, but Rovers surprisingly got their man , and that boost has helped other key signings materialise.
McSheffrey told the Doncaster Star: "When we were relegated, getting Tommy in didn’t look very likely at all. We thought it’d be a bit of a struggle getting him in League One after what he did while he was here, so to see him sign was a massive boost. I thought ‘if Tommy is in, then I’m in as well.' He was excellent in midfield towards the end of the season and getting him in on a permanent deal is huge for us going into next season."
"Tommy will be a top player in League Two, I’m sure. It shows how exciting the manager’s plans are that someone at Tommy’s level and age has bought into it and wants to come here."
June 20, 2016
Dons after Johnstone
Aberdeen are making an ambitious move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, hoping that they can use their former manager, Alex Ferguson, to persuade Johnstone to move north of the border.
The boss at Pittodrie, Derek McInnes, has the signing of a new goalkeeper as top priority in his team rebuilding after releasing Scott Brown and returned ex-Rovers loanee Adam Collin back to Rotherham.
The Daily Express reveals Aberdeen's hope in signing the former Rovers loan custodian, who is likely to start the season no better than in third place in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
June 20, 2016
Owls plot move for McCormack
The Daily Mail are reporting that Sheffield Wednesday are to join the competition to sign former Doncaster Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack, whose goals kept Fulham in the Championship last season.
Middlesbrough made an unsuccessful attempt to sign the Scottish striker in January, but Newcastle United and Aston Villa have already been linked with attempts to land him, with Wednesday now being added to the list.
The Daily Mail reports that it will take £12 million to persuade Fulham to part with their top player - although the Londoners did persuade him to sign a contract extension in March which keeps Ross under contract until 2020.
June 20, 2016
Controversial League Cup revamp
Doncaster Rovers could find themselves against a team comprising players from a Premier League club's academy next season after radical plans to revamp the competition were passed at the Football League's AGM held in Portugal.
Under the new proposals, 16 "category one academies", most of which belong to Premier League teams, will be join a 64 team competition in 16 groups of four. The 16 academy sides will be evenly distributed, with one academy side per group of four clubs - with the whole competition running on a north/south split until the final. Each team will play the other three teams in their group once, with the academy team getting just one home game. When the competition reaches the knock-out stages, only the semi-finals will have two legs, with the other ties being decided over one match.
It is reported that the proposal to make these changes was far from unanimous, with several clubs voicing their displeasure at the process.
June 19, 2016
York ticket information
Doncaster Rovers have released details of tickets for the forthcoming friendly fixture at York City which are now on general sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
The game will be played at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday, 26th July with a 7:45pm kick-off, and Rovers have received an allocation of 804 tickets for the fixture.
300 tickets are for seated areas of the stadium, with the remainder on an open terrace behind one of the goals.
Ticket prices:
Adults £12 - Concessions £6 (Over 65/Student with NUS card) - Disabled (wheelchair & ambulant) (carer free - two pairs of tickets available)
Please note that York do not issue replacement or duplicate tickets.
June 19, 2016
Ferguson after 'quick' striker
Darren Ferguson is very happy with the way his squad strengthening has gone so far this summer, following the signing of striker John Marquis last week.
However, he has confirmed that he still would like to strengthen his forward line with one more player, although he is likely to use the loan market to do this.
He told the Doncaster Free Press this week: "I’ve got good options [with Andy Williams, Gary McSheffrey, John Marquis and Liam Mandeville]. We’re possibly looking to get one in on loan – a quicker one, a striker – to give us a little more pace up there. But that’s something we can concentrate on probably after pre-season has started."
The out of favour Curtis Main is clearly not in Ferguson's plans for next season - but it is highly believed that the loan player he has in mind will be Crystal Palace striker Keshi Anderson, who was a big hit during his loan spell at the club last season.
June 19, 2016
Cornforth is new Blyth assistant boss
Former Doncaster Rovers' loan midfielder John Cornforth has been appointed as the new assistant manager at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club Blyth Spartans, where he will be number two to boss Tom Wade. Since retiring from playing due to injury in 2001, he has managed Exeter City, Newport County and Torquay United, but can't wait to get back into football in the north-east.
He said after being appointed: "I’m delighted to be back at Blyth. I needed to get back into football after a break following working as a coach in Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean."
"Once Tom asked me for a chat it was only ever going to be with Blyth for me. I’ve kept in touch with Tom and I know we’re on the same wavelength as each over. He’s done an unbelievable job over the past few years and I can’t wait to help out."
He added: "Blyth is a proper football club, steeped in history and I’ve always received a tremendous welcome whenever I’ve been back. It’s all looking good and I’m hoping that we can go one better this season than we achieved last time round."
June 19, 2016
Ball returns to Belper
Ex-Rovers striker Jordan Ball is one of five new signings announced by Belper Town as they prepare for the 2016/17 season.
Ball previously played for Belper for a loan spell in 2012 while he was still at Doncaster Rovers, but since leaving Doncaster has gone on to play for Halifax, Rainworth Miners Welfare, Mickleover Sports, Gresley and Swedish club Ange IF.
June 18, 2016
Legends game this afternoon
The Legends game, which will include Rovers legends James Coppinger and Colin Cramb, takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium's athletics pitch this afternoon.
A number of names have been added to the Legends team, including David Hirst, Ian Taylor, Clayton Blackmore, Paul Merson, Darren Anderton, Lee Hendrie, Chris Sutton and John Beresford.
They will face a team of local players, mainly comprising local business men and teachers, in the game which is raising money for charity.
A "Family Fun Day", including bouncy castles, slides, stalls and fun games, are all starting about noon, with the game kicking off at 2pm.
Tickets will be available on the gate, and cost £5 for adults, £3 for children and £10 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children).
June 18, 2016
Southall added to Hall of Fame
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Neville Southall is to be inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame in October - incredibly 14 years after the inaugural 22 man line-up was unveiled.
He has been close to being added in past years, but never quite made it - but this year the ex-Welsh international has made it.
Southall made more appearances for Wales, and more appearances for Everton, than any other player. During his time at Everton, he won two league titles, two FA Cup victories and a European Cup Winners Cup medal, and in 1985 he was voted as the Footballer of the Year. At the peak of his career, he was regarded by many as the best goalkeeper in the world.
Inductees are chosen by a panel featuring the Museum’s President Sir Bobby Charlton, Vice President Sir Alex Ferguson, who once tried to sign Southall, and Gordon Taylor.
National Football Museum Director Dr. Kevin Moore said: “Our expectations have been surpassed this year as our inductees have continued to amaze us not just with their talent, but their commitment to the game. These footballing greats will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at an awards dinner in October. The evening will be an experience like no other where the inductees can collectively reflect on their successes, spanning over five decades."
June 18, 2016
Now Tommy is offered new Blackburn deal
Last month, former Rovers defender Tommy Spurr was one of eight out of contract players at Blackburn Rovers to be told that he would not be offered a new contract when his existing deal expires at the end of June.
However, since then, Owen Coyle has been appointed as Blackburn's new manager, and he has made it clear that he wants Spurr to stay.
The club have now offered Tommy a new contract and are entering into negotiations to persuade him to stay - but former Rovers players Chris Brown and Matt Kilgallon are still to leave.
Boss Owen Coyle told the Lancashire Telegraph: "We have spoken with Tommy and with his agent and, if there’s a deal to be done with Blackburn Rovers, then that’s one we’d certainly like to conclude. Having said that I’m sure his agent will have been speaking to a number of clubs in those weeks since the season ended. With that in mind we’ll keep continuing the dialogue. There’s nothing over the line on that one but, as I say, we’ll keep continuing the dialogue."
Spurr is understood to be considering offers from elsewhere that were lodged before Coyle was appointed.
June 18, 2016
Sheridan considers move for Adam
New Notts County boss John Sheridan is weighing up a move for former Rovers loan goalkeeper Adam Collin, who was released by Rotherham United this summer.
Collin, a former first team regular at Rotherham, lost his place last season and spent the latter part of the campaign on loan at SPL club Aberdeen>
Sheridan has identified a number of targets for strengthening the County squad, with Collin one of his main targets.
He is expected to travel to have a medical at County on Monday, according to BBC Radio Nottingham.
Adam has played more than 200 League games in four seasons with Carlisle United and the last three seasons at Rotherham.
June 17, 2016
Ferguson's self belief
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson insists that he is the right man for the job, despite the club suffering relegation just months after he joined.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star earlier this month, he said: "The board been very supportive and I don’t think it was a case of them thinking they’d got no choice because they only appointed me in October. I really do think these are really astute business people and if they thought they’d got the wrong man they would have got rid."
He admits that it got tough during the long run of matches without a win, which stretched to 17 games, but he continued to maintain the self-belief - as it was important to convey that to the players if they were ever to get back to winning games.
He added: "In terms of doubting myself, you have to make sure you stay strong mentally and keep the belief. Without it bordering on anything else, you’ve got to keep the belief. When you go through a run like that, you have to try not to feel any pressure because you have to focus on your job. If you start losing belief in yourself, the players will see right through it. It’s important I kept that for them."
June 17, 2016
Wigan release four
Wigan Athletic have confirmed that they will release four players when their contracts expire at the end of this month.
Among them is former Rovers defender Reece Wabara, who has been interesting the likes of Bristol City. He has only been with Wigan since January, joining on a free transfer from Barnsley. He was released by Doncaster Rovers in August 2015 after a year's stay at the club. Earlier in his career, Reece played for Manchester City, Ipswich Town (loan), Oldham Athletic (loan) and Blackpool (loan).
June 17, 2016
Askins moves to Whitby
Whitby Town are describing their signing of Doncaster Rovers defender Ben Askins as a "real coup". The 20 year old former Rovers youth teamer has joined Whitby this summer on a permanent transfer following his release by Rovers. He spent some time on loan at Whitby during last season, which obviously helped this summer's move go through.
Whitby Town's assistant manager, Lee Bullock, told the Whitby Gazette: "Ben’s a great signing for a club at our level. He’s a big, strong boy, who defends well and can also play football. He’s had a lot of bad luck with injuries, and I’m sure that’s the only reason that he isn’t still in the Football League."
"I remember being sat on the bench when he made his debut for us on loan and I thought straight away ‘this lad can play’. There are no guarantees in football, but I’m confident that we’ve landed a player who, if he picks up where he left off last season, will find himself back in the Football League before too long."
The attitude of Ben was not lost on Whitby's management team, with Bullock adding: "Ben obviously enjoyed his time with us so he kept in contact and came to a lot of our home games after he got injured, and that’s the sort of commitment we’re looking for from a player. As soon as he became available, there was no hesitation from the club in signing him, not just because of the ability he has and his potential, but because of the type of character he is. When a player who is contracted to another club is coming to training sessions even when he’s injured, just so he can catch up with the lads, it says a lot about how much he wants to be at Whitby Town."
June 17, 2016
Ticket office has makeover
The ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium will be closed today as a refurbishment takes place over the weekend. The ticket office will be re-opening on Tuesday morning next week, in the anticipation that the release of next season's fixtures on Wednesday will trigger a renewed demand for season tickets.
For anyone visiting the stadium hoping to buy tickets today or on Monday, you should go to Main Reception in the South Stand of the stadium between 9am and 4.30pm. They will not be open on Saturday of this weekend.
On-line sale of tickets will continue 24 hours a day throughout this period.
June 17, 2016
Kilkenny linked with Rovers
Experienced midfielder Neil Kilkenny is being linked with a move to Doncaster Rovers, according to an article in the FourFourTwo magazine.
Little is likely to come of the news, with Kilkenny admitting in the interview that nothing imminent is on the cards for a move to any club. He was released by Preston North End this summer after making only 15 appearances for them last season.
He said: "We’re open to anything. We’ll just see what comes along in the summer and take it from there."
Kilkenny, who is holidaying with his young family in Greece for the next week, was linked with Perth Glory last year and has been linked with Doncaster Rovers this off-season.
"There’s nothing at the minute," Kilkenny said. "It’s still early in the summer. Obviously a lot of managers are on holiday in England."
A move to Rovers seems unlikely, with the player going on to say that he is hoping to move to a club in the Championship. He revealed: "I feel the Championship is where I can play. I feel I can play higher but I need to prove myself a bit more still. I’m 30 now but I feel I’ve got loads more to give. I feel I’ve got five to eight years left in me."
June 16, 2016
Harriers trip lined up for Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed a third away pre-season game, with the team visiting Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, 23rd July, with the game kicking off at 3pm.
Harriers, who were relegated from the National League this summer, and will be plying their trade in the National League North next season, have confirmed that ticket prices will be as follows:
Adults £10 - Concessions £5 - Under-16s £1
The latest list of friendlies confirmed by the club is as follows:
Tuesday, 12th July - Rossington Main (away)
Saturday 16th July - Middlesbrough (home)
Wednesday 20th July - Newcastle United (home)
Saturday 23rd July - Kidderminster Harriers (away)
Tuesday 26th July - York City (away)
The league season will start on Saturday, 6th August.
June 16, 2016
Ferguson takes Rovers to Scotland
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson will be taking the Doncaster Rovers squad to Scotland for a pre-season training camp, with the team spending five days, between 7th and 11th July, at the University of Stirling.
A 'behind closed doors' friendly is also expected to take place, but the squad will be working on building up fitness as well as using the week away as a team bonding opportunity, especially so the new additions to the squad can get to know their new team mates.
Stirling boast some excellent facilities and the Scottish government have designated it as Scotland's university for Sporting Excellence.
June 16, 2016
Duffy joins the Blades
Ex-Rovers midfielder Mark Duffy has joined Sheffield United on a free transfer from Birmingham City. Duffy spent virtually all of last season on loan at Burton Albion, but Albion boss Nigel Clough elected not to turn that loan into a full transfer.
He has agreed a two year contract with the Blades, and becomes new boss Chris Wilder's first signing, who told the Yorkshire Post: "In our opinion, Mark was the best player in this division last season and we are delighted to have captured his services. Importantly he knows what it takes to get out of League One, which is crucial."
He continued: "He comes here for all the right reasons, he has come here because after listening to us he believes in what we are trying to do, Mark could have moved elsewhere for a significantly better contract. Mark scored and created a good number of goals for Burton, he deservedly was named in the divisional team of the year and is a player we believe can make an impact immediately and also make the step up to the division above."
June 16, 2016
Hornets release Ikpeazu
Former Rovers loan striker Uche Ikpeazu is one of eight Under-21 players who have been released at the end of their contracts this summer.He joined Watford from Reading in the summer of 2013, but never played for their first team, but has been out on loan to Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Port Vale and Blackpool.