May 27, 2016
County set to snap up Sheridan
Rumours have been circulating for the last couple of weeks, but now it seems there is more substance to the ambition of Notts County to make ex-Rovers midfielder John Sheridan their new manager.
There has been a vacancy since Mark Cooper left the club at the end of last season, but it is a surprise, since Sheridan has only been back at Oldham for the latter part of last season after a controversial departure from Newport County.
Oldham Athletic, his current club, are refusing to comment at the moment, but the Nottingham Post is confidently reporting that Sheridan will be unveiled as the new manager of County later today. The Magpies are also reported to have paid "under a six-figure sum" as compensation to acquire Sheridan's services. County have promised funds to strengthen the playing squad, which finished 17th in League Two last season, with Sheridan's influence on guiding Oldham away from relegation trouble in League One having attracted the attention of several other clubs, winning nine of their 22 games to end the season comfortably away from the bottom four.
May 27, 2016
Ferguson set to miss out on Tafazolli
Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson looks likely to miss out on signing Mansfield central defender Ryan Tafazolli after checking on him in their final league game of the season. He is reported to be about to miss out to his former club Peterborough United, who are reported to have reached an agreement for the out of contract 24 year old, who has made 118 appearances for the Stags and was named as their "player of the season" at their awards ceremony recently.
However, Ferguson has instead signed Stags winger Matty Blair, so perhaps the reports of who he was watching in that game were somewhat wide of the mark!
May 27, 2016
Woods released by Orient
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods is looking for a new club after being released by Leyton Orient at the end of his contract this summer.
Woods has been released, with Leyton Orient failing to reach the play-offs this season, but he spent most of the season at Scottish Premier League club Ross County on loan to cover while their first choice keeper was injured on two separate occasions. But Ross County also do not seem likely to offer him the chance to continue playing in Scotland, as they have signed Wolves keeper Aaron McCarey on a two year contract.
Woods moved to Brisbane Road in summer 2014 after a spell at Watford.
May 27, 2016
Butler admits players were not 'strong enough'
Rovers defender Andy Butler has admitted that the team were not strong enough when they were going through the horrendous 17 match run without winning a game, which led to the club being relegated from League One this season.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "It’s difficult to put your finger on why it’s happened but obviously that run of 17 games without a win didn’t help. Winning becomes a habit and so does losing, and it did. It wasn’t due to a lack of effort though. We tried but certain things went against us. And I’m not using that as an excuse but little bits did. We needed to be stronger as a team to try and rectify it."
He added: "We can’t do anything about it now and we’ve got to move on to next season. We know we’ve let people down. We’ve let each other down, and we’ve let the manager down. But let’s come back and have a good pre-season and see where it takes us."
May 26, 2016
Ferguson snaps up Stanley keeper
Doncaster Rovers have announced the signing of goalkeeper Ross Etheridge who, like most other signings this summer, will complete his move on 1st July, when his current deal with Accrington Stanley runs out.
Etheridge played a significant part in Accrington reaching the League Two play-offs last season, but has decided to move on, even though Stanley offered him a new contract. As he is only 21 years old, Rovers will have to pay a compensation amount to Accrington.
Boss Darren Ferguson told DROS yesterday: "He was very good for Accrington, helping to get them into the Play-Offs. Ross has loads of potential, he is a good size and a good kicker of the ball. He has loads of improvement in him so we are delighted to get him on board for next season. It is important we get players who understand the league and players who are real quality in the league and Ross ticks that box. Ross played a large part in Accrington’s success last season and I’m delighted that myself and the board have been able to get him and our other two signings to date over the line."
Etheridge told the Doncaster Free Press: "I’m really pleased with the move. It’s a big club, great stadium, great crowd and a really good challenge for me. I’m expecting a challenge for the shirt but I’m coming here to give it my all and I’m very confident that I can do well. I’ve played a lot of games in non-league and I’ll get better the more games that I play at this level. I was gutted when I was released by Derby but my aim since then has been to climb back up the leagues and at Doncaster I’ve got the opportunity to do just that."
Rovers have transfer listed Thorsten Stuckmann and have not commented on the future of Mario Marosi, the club's only other professional goalkeeper, who is reported to be out of contract this summer.
May 26, 2016
Shiels keeps quiet over cup final incident
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Dean Shiels was refusing to comment on reports that he was attacked by Hibernian fans who invaded the pitch after Hibs' last-gasp Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers at the weekend.
Hundreds of fans invaded the pitch to celebrate the club's first Scottish Cup win since 1902, but when some Rangers fans also went on to the pitch, there wee some clashes between the two groups of supporters.
Rangers players were 'engulfed' by the tide of supporters and the Glasgow club said that "players and staff were assaulted".
A separate report indicates that Shiels and at least three other Rangers players were attacked as they tried to make their way to the dressing room.
Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald said: "An investigation team has now been established at Helen Street Police Office. So far there have been 11 arrests. Officers are in the process of collecting CCTV footage and collating the information as they try to identify those responsible for the disorder and violence on the pitch. As our investigation progresses I have no doubt that additional arrests will be made and would appeal to anyone with information that may assist police enquiries to come forward."
May 26, 2016
Chaplow rolls back the years with the Saints
Doncaster Rovers midfielder Richard Chaplow made a return to Southampton last week to play in Kelvin Davis's testimonial in the goalkeeper's final game for the club.
Chaplow was happy to return to play at St Mary's again, which brought back many happy memories of his time at the club, during which time they earned two successive promotions.
Richard told Southampton's YouTube: "I thought it was great. From the moment we came in and saw everyone we were rolling back the years. It was great to celebrate with the game and see all the fans get behind it and thank him for everything he’s done for the club was great, and it was absolutely brilliant. I’ve got only great things to say about the place and from my time down here, and every time I come back, it’s just as special as the first time. Every changing room has a leader or a guide if you will, and Kelvin was already that when I came to the club and he carried on that job until now so it was fantastic."
The midfielder added: "I always have a bit of banter with them which was true even when I was a player here. I always tried to play here with a smile on my face and enjoy the occasion. I think for that reason they took to me and I’ve always taken to them and obviously got a lot of respect. It’s a mutual thing and they’ve been brilliant with me ever since I came to the club originally back on loan when I was younger and then again when I signed permanently here and got the back-to-back promotions. It’s always great to come down and share the moment with them and I thank them for everything they’ve been involved in."
His future at Doncaster Rovers is uncertain, but he is likely to leave for a new club this summer after the 'relegation clause' in his contract was exercised.
May 26, 2016
Blades make Sharp their new skipper
New Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has moved quickly to make former Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp his new captain.
Wilder's first move was to ensure that Sharp would be the club's leader on the pitch, recognising the connection that he has with the club and their supporters.
Wilder told the Yorkshire Post: "I know Billy Sharp very well, and if there is a player to lead this club forward in our era it would be someone of the character of Billy, the ability of Billy. Someone who understands, like myself, the club and what it takes to get promotion. He’s done the business at the top end of the pitch this season, and I think it was quite interesting to listen to Billy at the end of the season at player of the year awards, when he scooped all the awards up. The way he talked about the season that’s gone, and I am sure he wants to lead this club to promotion."
"Billy has a very important part to play in the changing room. He doesn’t have to tell me everything, but he has to lead from the front. We have picked the perfect candidate to do that."
Sharp finished as the top scorer for the Blades last season, with 21 goals to his name.
May 26, 2016
O'Brien hangs up his boots
Ex-Rovers midfielder Rob O'Brien, who came up through the Doncaster youth system, has decided to retire from playing after completing the season as captain of non-league club Farsley Celtic.
O'Brien became a first year professional at Rovers in 2003, but went out on loan to Gainsborough Trinity before moving on to clubs including Ossett Town, Retford United, Bradford Park Avenue and, since 2013, Farsley Celtic.
However, he looks back to his time at Bradford Park Avenue as the best time of his career, during which time he played alongside ex-Rover Jamie Price, also having ex-Rovers youth teamer Martin Drury in the same side.
He told the Telegraph and Argus: "My best season was alongside Jamie Price at Horsfall Stadium. Pricey was in central midfield with me and that gave me so much freedom to play my game. Jamie is one of those players like Michael Carrick that does so much work but never gets the recognition that they deserve. I also had Dru behind me at left back and I was with him at Doncaster Rovers."
"It was great for us to play Donny in the FA Cup that season because in our time there we were at the old Belle Vue but the cup tie was at the Keepmoat Stadium. We both enjoyed seeing how the club had evolved in the years in between and it was also good to see some old faces from our time at Donny."
May 25, 2016
Blair joins Rovers from Stags
Doncaster Rovers have made their second signing of the summer, with Mansfield Town winger Matty Blair joining on a two year contract after turning down a new offer from the Stags.
The 26 year old follows the acquisition of midfielder Tommy Rowe, who signed for Rovers on a three year deal last week.
Although Mansfield are also in League Two, Blair sees Rovers as a more realistic option to win promotion, and he told DROS yesterday: "The move has come about quite quickly, I came and had a chat and really enjoyed what was said, it was really professionally done. I'd like to think I'm quite experienced in this league now and I know what it takes, I can't wait to get going. Promotion is the ambition and was the main talking point in the meeting that we had and I'd be silly not to want to be part of that."
His previous clubs include Kidderminster Harriers, York City, Fleetwood Town, Northampton Town and Cambridge United, and he played 34 games for Mansfield Town last season.
Mansfield boss Adam Murray said on their official web site: "Matty Blair has turned down the chance to continue his career with us after deciding to join another League 2 club. We wish him all the best for the future."
May 25, 2016
Pre-season game at Rossington confirmed
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed their first pre-season fixture of the new season, and will travel to play Rossington Main, who play in the Northern Counties East Division One, with the game scheduled for Tuesday, 12th July with a 7:45pm kick-off.
It will be potentially the first opportunity for supporters to see the new Rovers squad, and follows past seasons where Rovers have begun their preparations for the coming season with a game at one of the local non-league clubs.
Tickets for the game are £6 for adults and £3 for concessions and under-16s, and can be bought in advance from the Miners' Welfare Club, Rossington.
The club house will be open on the night of the game, with a bar open and hot food also on offer.
May 25, 2016
Yun called up by South Korea
Former Rovers loan defender Yun Suk-Young has been recalled to the South Korea squad for their two friendly fixtures in June against Spain and the Czech Republic.
Suk-Young's recall will give him the opportunity to be in the shop window for a new club after he was released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of this season, although he joined Charlton Athletic on loan in February and went on to play nine games for them.
Part of the reason for QPR releasing him is that he was unlikely to be given a new work permit after not playing sufficient games for his national side.
May 25, 2016
Kirkwood joins Matlock
Ex-Rovers striker Glenn Kirkwood has been named as the new joint manager at Matlock Town, along with Craig Hopkins, who was his co-manager when the pair were in charge at Mickleover Sports last season.
The duo resigned at the end of the season, but could not resist the opportunity to join Matlock after eight years away, with the pair having previously been players at Causeway Lane, where they were crowd favourites.
As Kirkwood told the Matlock Mercury, it was the dream job for them, and they could not wait to get started in their new roles. He said: "We were desperate for it, we’d earned the right by learning our trade at Heanor and Mickleover for eight years proving some people wrong showing we could do it. Matlock was a brilliant club to play for and be involved with. We had a great time with Heanor and a brilliant three and a half years at Mickleover. We left them in a far better state than when we arrived. We know it’s a challenge here at Matlock, but it’s given us fire in our bellies. We want to give the people of Matlock a club they can be proud of and get the feelgood factor back."
They replace former Rovers defender Mark Hume, who lost his job this summer, with Glenn adding: "He’s a big mate of mine, we spoke regularly so it’s hard for me. He did a brilliant job at the start, unfortunately things didn’t go well for him later on so I wish him all the best and I’m sure he’ll bounce back and do well. But now my mind’s on Matlock, I love the club and it was impossible to turn the job down, it’s the perfect job."
May 24, 2016
Taylor-Sinclair out for 9 months
Doncaster Rovers defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair faces up to nine months on the sidelines after it was confirmed that he has suffered cruciate knee ligament damage.
He picked up the injury in the second half of the final game of the season, against Burton Albion, and he has had surgery to repair the damage, which has been declared a success.
However, Aaron faces a lengthy period of rehabilitation before he can think about a return to first team action. He made 49 appearances for Rovers last season after joining on a two year contract from Wigan Athletic last summer.
With the news that he will miss most of next season, it seems certain that Darren Ferguson will need to sign another left back before the season starts.
May 24, 2016
History making Swailes celebrates Wembley triumph
Ex-Rovers defender Chris Swailes was celebrating at the weekend along with his Morpeth Town team mates after defeating Hereford United 4-1 in the FA Vase final at Wembley on Sunday.
Chris set a couple of records - as well as being the oldest player to play at Wembley, he also netted one of Morpeth's goals to become the oldest goal scorer at the national stadium.
Now aged 45, Chris has had to overcome four heart operations after falling ill while playing for previous club Dunston UTS, and is now looking forward to keeping on playing until he is 50.
It was Chris's third Vase final victory, having previously won with Bridlington Town as a 22 year old in 1992, and again with Dunston UTS in 2012.
May 24, 2016
Barnes in Jamaica squad for Copa America
Former Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes, now playing in the United States with Houston Dynamo, has been named in the Jamaica squad for the forthcoming Copa America tournament this summer, with Jamaica confident of doing well after reaching the Gold Cup final last summer.
The full Jamaica squad is:
Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), DuWayne Kerr (Stjarnan), Ryan Thompson (St. Louis FC)
Defenders: Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace), Damano Solomon (Portmore United), Michael Hector (Reading), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Jermaine Taylor (Portland Timbers), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View FC)
Midfielders: Garath McCleary (Reading), Chevone Marsh (Cavaler Sports Club), Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orient), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion FC), Michael Binns (Portmore United), JeVaughn Watson (New England Revolution), Lee Williamson (Blackburn), Rodolph Austin (Brondby)
Forwards: Dever Orgill (IFK Marieham), Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham), Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo), Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United), Simon Dawkins (San Jose Earthquakes)
May 24, 2016
Duffy released by Birmingham
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Mark Duffy has been released by Birmingham City at the end of his contract at St Andrews. Since he has been on loan at Burton Albion, that was probably not a surprise to anyone, as he did not manage to hold down a regular first team place at the club since moving from Rovers in June 2014.
Duffy has been a key player for Burton in their successful promotion challenge from League One this season, but reports from the Burton Mail suggest that it is uncertain as to whether he will be invited back for next season.
Burton Albion have said that Duffy, like two other loan players, is "leaving the club", with boss Nigel Clough saying: "All three players have played a major part in this season's promotion and Shane and Robbie were also part of the League Two championship-winning side so we thank them for their service to the club and wish them well."
May 24, 2016
Pools in talks with Woods
Ex-Doncaster Rovers midfielder Michael Woods is in talks with Hartlepool United over a new contract, although it seems far from certain that he will remain with the club for next season.
There are reports that Woods, along with Michael Duckworth, are attracting attention from other (unnamed) clubs, but Hartlepool are still hopeful that both will sign on again for next term.
Michael played 37 games for Pools last season, after joining in August 2014. Prior to that, he had played for Chelsea (2006), Notts County (2010, loan), Yeovil Town (2012), Doncaster Rovers (2012) and Harrogate Town (2014).
May 23, 2016
McCullough included in provisional NI squad
Luke McCullough has been included in the provisional 28 man squad for the Euro 2016 finals by national boss Michael O'Neill, and is hoping to impress sufficiently to be make it to France when the squad is trimmed to 23 on May 28th. The Northern Ireland squad has been at a training camp ahead of their friendly international against Belarus at Windsor Park on May 27th, with Portadown born McCullough hoping to achieve his dream of playing in the Euro 2016 finals by convincing his manager of his form.
Luke has impressed for Doncaster Rovers this season after playing in midfield instead of his more familiar central defensive role, and has been a regular member of the Northern Ireland squad this past season.
The full 28 man provisional squad named is:
Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern (Hamilton Academical), Alan Mannus (St. Johnstone) and Roy Carroll (Notts County).
Defenders: Lee Hodson (MK Dons), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Jonathan Evans (West Bromwich Albion), Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), Aaron Hughes (Melbourne City), Daniel Lafferty (Burnley), Michael Smith (Peterborough United), Paddy McNair (Manchester United), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers), Chris Baird (Derby County).
Midfielders: Steven Davis (Southampton), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Oliver Norwood (Reading), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Stuart Dallas (Leeds United), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest), Ben Reeves (MK Dons).
Forwards: Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City), Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock), Liam Boyce (Ross County), Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers), Will Grigg (Wigan Athletic), Billy McKay (Dundee United).
May 23, 2016
Rovers reduce ticket prices
Doncaster Rovers have announced their new ticket prices for the 2016/17 season, which have been amended following their relegation to League Two this summer.
Adult match day ticket prices drop by £3, with Category A prices falling from £24 to £21, with Category B tickets moving from £23 to £20.
A new membership scheme, which costs £10, will reduce individual match day ticket prices by a further £3.
Season ticket prices will remain at the originally advertised prices, effectively meaning the "early bird" prices will continue for the rest of the summer.
Rovers stated: "Following feedback and discussions with the Supporters Board the club have agreed that this season’s open offers will be limited to ensure that the price our season ticket holders pay provides the best value and is transparent to you all. We will ensure that any offers we do make generically will not impact on our premium seating areas and will continue to maximise areas such as the family stand when we encourage local schools and football teams [to attend]."
May 23, 2016
McSheffrey set to sign for Rovers
Striker Gary McSheffrey has virtually confirmed that he will sign for Doncaster Rovers this summer after being released by Scunthorpe United at the end of his contract.
He told BBC Radio Humberside late last week: "Nothing's signed yet, but it's probably 100% more or less going to be Doncaster. Doncaster are the ones that are going out there to get straight back up and have a promotion season. It's a proper club with big potential so really, it was the one that was standing out to me."
McSheffrey proved to be an important influence on the Rovers squad during his time on loan last season and was greatly missed for the closing matches when injury curtailed his stay at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Boss Darren Ferguson has made no secret of his hopes that the experienced striker will sign, and the capture of Tommy Rowe last week suggests that he may well get his man in the coming days.
May 23, 2016
Coppinger signs for Legends team
Club captain James Coppinger has confirmed that he will be playing for the "Legends" team in a charity match at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, 18th June, with funds being raised for local cancer charity "The Eve Merton Dreams Trust".
James told DROS: "Everybody knows how much I love this club and in the 12 years I’ve been here the people of Doncaster have been really good to me. When I was offered the chance to take part in something that gave back to Doncaster people suffering with cancer, I jumped at the opportunity to help”.
Also confirmed so far are the likes of Paul Merson and Darren Anderton, with the "Legends" facing a team of local charity fund raisers, mainly made up of school teachers from the Doncaster area, and also representatives of local businesses.
Tickets are available from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office at £5 for adults, £3 for children and £10 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children).
May 22, 2016
Swailes becomes oldest Wembley player
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Chris Swailes is due to make history today by playing in the FA Vase final for Morpeth Town against Hereford United, by becoming the oldest player to play at Wembley.
Swailes made his debut for Rovers as a 23 year old, and now as a 45 year old is still going strong, and has no plans to retire for some time to come.
He told the Daily Mail this week: "When I started out, I never would have thought I'd be anywhere near setting a Wembley record – I wouldn't have thought I could survive 30 pre-seasons for a start. I still remember playing at Edgar Street in my first professional match. It's gone full circle, from 23 years ago to now. It doesn't feel like a lifetime ago though."
He has played at Wembley before, although the last time was while playing for Dunston UTS, when he was a non-playing substitute in their 2-0 win over West Auckland Town, but at least he still got a winner's medal.
He added: "I thought that was my swan song. It was a great occasion and I certainly didn't expect I'd be coming back. I didn't expect to still be playing at 45, especially not at Wembley. My experience will help, but although I'm older than the manager and all the players, I don't feel any different than I did at the start of my career. I'm a big kid at heart and I don't feel 45. I just hope that I'm on the winning side at the end of the match and don't make a fool of myself."
May 22, 2016
Tommy keen to stay at Blackburn
Former Rovers defender Tommy Spurr is out of contract this summer, and with the club not having named their new manager yet, is in the dark as to whether he will be given a new deal for next season.
Spurr has made 84 appearances for Blackburn after moving over from Doncaster two years ago, and describes the current situation as "frustrating".
He told the Lancashire Telegraph a week ago: "It’s frustrating, and a weird sort of feeling, not knowing what’s happening, or what’s going to go on. But I’m sure it will come to light in the next couple of weeks and then we’ll all know what’s happening. I’m just waiting to see what’s been decided. I want to stay and I want to be part of something here – and be part of something good. Rather than looking down, I want to help the club start pushing up again. Hopefully I get the opportunity to do that."
Spurr missed the last seven games of the season with an Achilles injury, and added: "I’m just going to sort my Achilles out, go away, sort my wedding out, and see what happens. It’s just a waiting game at the moment. Yes it’s frustrating but the club has got more important things to sort out, in terms of a new manager, and once that is sorted we’ll just have to see what happens with the lads who are out of contract."
"I want to stay here and if you ask any of the other lads who are out of contract I’m sure they’d say the same. It’s a great club, it’s a great place to play your football, and it’s a really good set of lads. I definitely want to stay."
May 22, 2016
Rovers - funds available to Ferguson
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that funds to rebuild the first team squad will be made "immediately", putting any doubts that boss Darren Ferguson will have to wait until players move out before he can sign any new faces.
The club statement said: "Funds will be made immediately available for Darren Ferguson to build a first team playing squad that can push for an automatic promotion place. Darren met with the Board . . to discuss the players he would like as part of his squad and how the club will have a focus on an immediate return to the English Football League One whilst implementing an improved youth and academy strategy. The board will support Darren with immediate recruitment requirements and are hoping to bring the squad together if at all possible before pre season training commences. The main focus however over the Summer will be to develop the best playing squad and philosophy to ensure an immediate return to EFL1."
Although most of the squad are still under contract for next season, a number have been made available for transfer, and the 'relegation clauses' in the contracts of Nathan Tyson and Richard Chaplow will be activated, which will allow them to move on.
Darren Ferguson began his squad rebuilding last week with the signing of midfielder Tommy Rowe, who was a free agent after being released by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
May 22, 2016
Barnes wins game for Dynamo
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes was the match-winner for his current club, Houston Dynamo, in their game last Sunday against Salt Lake. He is reported as being the only significant attacking threat for Houston, and struck in the 65th minute to earn the points for Dynamo.
He has four goals to his name so far this season, with nine games played.
May 21, 2016
Hume sacked after disappointing season
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Mark Hume has been sacked as manager of Evo-Stik League Premier Division club Matlock Town after a disappointing end to the season, which saw the club finishing 17th place.
He was appointed as Matlock boss in January 2015, arriving from Bradford Park Avenue, where he had been assistant to John Deacey for four and a half years.
Matlock chairman Tom Wright issued a club statement which said: "Mark came in and did really well keeping us in the division and winning the Derbyshire Senior Cup. This season started promisingly but since Christmas people felt we had not made the progress we would have liked and two wins in 16 league matches, both against the relegated bottom club is obviously not good enough."
"These kinds of decisions are never easy nor nice to make. I'd like to thank Mark and his staff for all of their hard work and wish them all the best in their future careers."
Mark's playing career included playing for Doncaster Rovers, Alfreton Town, Barrow, Stalybridge Celtic, Buxton, Harrogate Town and Eastwood Town.
May 21, 2016
Syers released by Rochdale
David Syers is one of eight players to be released by League Two club Rochdale at the end of the season, with four signing new deals with the club. Rochdale have also taken up options on contracts for next season with a further six players.
Syers joined Doncaster Rovers from Bradford City in June 2012 before moving on to Scunthorpe United, initially on loan, in January 2014. He was released from his contract there in January 2016 and joined Rochdale on a short term deal for the rest of the season.
May 21, 2016
Mills leaves Latics, but Forte holds talks
Defender Joseph Mills, the former Rovers loan defender, is among seven players to be released by Oldham Athletic this summer after the club issued it's "retained" list.
He has been at Oldham since joining from Burnley in August 2013. Prior to that, he played for Southampton, Scunthorpe United (loan), Doncaster Rovers (loan), Reading and Burnley.
Former Sheffield United striker Jonathan Forte is at the end of his current contract with the club, but is currently in discussions over a new contract for next season. He had three loan spells at Doncaster Rovers between 2005 and 2007, the last time on a season-long deal, and has since played for Scunthorpe United, Notts County, Southampton, Preston North End, Crawley Town, with a loan return to Sheffield United in 2013. He joined Oldham in summer of 2014, but his appearances this season have been limited by injury.
May 21, 2016
Ingham offered new deal with Minstermen
They may have been relegated from League Two this summer, but former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Michael Ingham has been offered a new contract by York City.
York finished the season bottom of League Two on goal difference behind Dagenham & Redbridge, with the pair of clubs nine points away from safety, having won only 7 games all season.
Michael has been with York since the summer of 2008, since when he has played over 250 games for the club, and also takes on coaching duties for City.
May 20, 2016
Rowe signs on
Doncaster Rovers have unveiled midfielder Tommy Rowe as their first signing of the summer, marking a 'statement of intent' for Darren Ferguson as he strives to build a squad which can gain promotion at the first time of asking.
Ferguson had previously said that he did not think that he could persuade Rowe to drop down to League Two after being freed by Wolves at the end of the season - making it either an impressive piece of persuasion or a masterful piece of misinformation - but now says that Rowe was his 'number one target' for the club.
Ferguson told DROS: "Everyone knows what Tommy can do, we saw it last season. Signing a player like him is a huge statement of intent to get out of League Two and beyond. We’ve had very positive meetings about what direction we want to take this football club in and on the back of yesterday’s club statement I’ve signed my number one transfer target. I felt signing Tommy was pivotal in the way I want this football club to go, he was our number one transfer target and we’ve got him. There were a large number of clubs after Tommy but he understood the ambitions of this football club and he is a perfect example of where I want to go. The board have backed us as promised and the aim for this football club is to be back in the Championship."
Rowe has signed a three year deal with Doncaster Rovers, meaning he will stay with Rovers until the summer of 2019.
May 20, 2016
McIntyre backs Woods
Ross County manager Jim McIntyre has backed former Rovers midfielder Martin Woods after supporters have criticised his contribution since joining earlier this season.
McIntyre told the Press & Journal: "Martin takes some stick from a small element of our support and I think he is under-appreciated at this club. He is certainly not under-appreciated by his team-mates and that is why he is one of the first names on our team sheet. I’m delighted to have him. Some of our supporters need to get a grip, especially at home as quite frankly some of the stick which was dished out to him was unmerited."
May 20, 2016
Copps - players have been trying!
Rovers midfielder James Coppinger has taken exception to suggestions from some quarters that the lack of success this past season has been down to a lack of effort. Much of what the veteran midfielder has said has previously been mentioned by boss Darren Ferguson, with disappointing recruitment and confidence being key.
James told the Doncaster Free Press: "I understand the fans’ frustration but it’s not lack of effort that’s got us relegated. It’s probably lack of quality."
"We made too many wrong decisions at the wrong times. We’ve got to improve on that. Next season we’ve got to get rid of what’s happened and start afresh."
He added:"I don’t think anyone can really put their finger on one reason. Obviously it’s the manager’s job to go away and analyse the season and come back next season stronger and bounce back and get promoted. It’s not going to be easy, League Two is a difficult league. But the lads who are still here have got to go into next season and put what we’ve done right."
"A of bigger clubs have done what we’ve done and bounced back. Bournemouth were nearly relegated out of the Football League and look where they are now."
May 20, 2016
Nelson has Gills deal extended
Ex-Rovers goalkeeper Stuart Nelson has been handed a new one year contract after impressing club bosses at Gillingham again this season.
Stuart was seemingly on his way out of the club last season, but knuckled down and fought his way back into the first team picture, meaning that one of his rivals for a place in the first team, Glenn Morris, will be released at the end of his contract this summer.
May 19, 2016
Gillett leaves Yeovil
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Simon Gillett is leaving League Two club Yeovil Town this summer when his contract expires.
He has just returned to Yeovil after a loan spell at Peterborough United, but was not included in their final matches.
He has made just six appearances for the Glovers this season after returning from a serious knee injury
He said on Twitter: "It will come as no surprise to anyone that I will be leaving Yeovil Town when my contract expires. It's been a frustrating time from pretty much the outset and I look back with disappointment in many ways and also wish I could have contributed more on the pitch. It has, though, through injury, allowed me to step back from an environment, watch, learn and make assessments about my life and career that will hopefully stand me in good stead going forward."
"I'd like to wish everyone connected with the club the very best for the future and like to thank those people that have stood beside me and supported me through a rough patch when I most needed it. We all have much to look forward to going forward, of that I am sure."
May 19, 2016
Mattioni injury problem continue
Ex-Rovers loan defender Felipe Mattioni continues to have his injury problems - he was signed on a short term deal by Everton earlier in the season in order that he could prove his fitness, and was sent out to Rovers to help in that aim. Unfortunately for him, he got injured at Rovers and returned to Everton which effectively ended his loan at the Keepmoat Stadium.
An injury crisis at Everton ahead of their recent game against Sunderland would have given him his first team debut for the club - but he has picked up a hamstring injury and was not available.
Roberto Martinez, the Everton manager, said at the time: "Felipe picked up an injury when he came back from Doncaster. He picked up a hamstring injury and it’s been a shame because it would’ve been a good opportunity for him but he hasn’t been able to keep himself fit."
The Brazilian defender joined Everton as a free agent after losing almost two years of his career to career threatening knee injuries with Espanyol, but the latest setback makes it very unlikely that he will have his Everton contract extended beyond the end of the season.turn to Everton.
May 19, 2016
Kirkland released by Preston
Chris Kirkland, the former Doncaster Rovers loan goalkeeper, has been released by Preston North End at the end of his contract, and is now looking for a new club.
He is one of four players to be released by Preston this summer, along with midfielder Neil Kilkenny, with Kyel Reid and Andy Little, both out on loan for the closing part of the season at Bradford and Accrington respectively, also released.
May 19, 2016
Enda wins award at Pompey dinner
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Enda Stevens has been named as the Players' Player of the Year at Portsmouth after impressing during his first season at the club. He has been a regular in the side and has turned out over fifty times for the south coast club, and received his first accolade last week at the club's end of season awards dinner.
May 19, 2016
Payne released
National League club Eastleigh have announced that they will be releasing eight first team players, including former Rovers midfielder Josh Payne, at the end of their contracts with the club.
The Spitfires reached the FA Cup Third Round this year, but missed out on the end of season play-offs, prompting a shake up of their squad this summer.
May 18, 2016
Ferguson lists five and releases two
Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson has released details of players who will be allowed to find other clubs during the summer as he prepares to plan for a new season in League Two.
Two young players have been released from their contracts - defender Ben Askins and midfielder Matty Davies, both of who failed to break through to the first team.
Askins was included on the first team substitutes' bench last season on nine occasions, while Matty Davies showed promise the previous year with the youth team and both should be able to find new clubs in due course.
The five who are still under contract but have been listed as available for transfer hold few surprises, with Dany N’Guessan, Curtis Main, Gary MacKenzie, Billy Whitehouse and Thorsten Stuckmann being allowed to leave when they find new clubs. Billy Whitehouse is perhaps rather unlucky and enjoyed a loan spell at Halifax Town earlier in the season, while the other four could well feel they can find other clubs in the Football League.
In addition to the above, midfielder Richard Chaplow and striker Nathan Tyson have verbally agreed to have their relegation clauses activated in their contracts, which must be exercised before the end of June and the beginning of June respectively, which makes it very likely that they will also be leaving the club during the summer.
May 18, 2016
Rovers appoint new vice-chairman
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have appointed Andrew Watson, the son of major shareholder Dick Watson, as vice-chairman of the club.
Chairman David Blunt remains in his post.
The Doncaster Free Press quote the club as saying "[Andrew] will now work closely with the chairman David Blunt."
May 18, 2016
Coventry release nine
Coventry City have released nine players after failing to secure promotion from League One this season.
Included in those is former Rovers loan striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, who has had his contract with the club cancelled immediately.
Also released are Reda Johnson, Conor Thomas, Aaron Martin, Martin Lorentzon, Aaron Phillips, Peter Ramage, Stephen Hunt and Darius Henderson. Former England international Joe Cole had his contract cancelled ahead of Coventry's final game of the season to enable him to move to US club Tampa Bay Rowdies, who play in the North American Soccer League.
May 18, 2016
Fowler leaves Wrexham
Ex-Rovers midfielder Lee Fowler is among 16 players to be released by National League club Wrexham after a disappointing season in which the club finished well off the play-off places, eleven points adrift in eighth place.
Fowler, who was the club captain at the Racecourse Ground is one of the bigger surprises among the released list, with boss Gary Mills taking the opportunity to have a major overhaul of the club's squad after admitting that they did not deserve to be in the top five.
Lee joined Doncaster Rovers from Fleetwood Town in January 2013 by Dean Saunders, but has since played for Forest Green Rovers (loan), Kidderminster Harriers, The New Saints, Nuneaton and Crawley Town, before rejoining his former club Wrexham last summer.
May 16, 2016
Cotterill hopes for Wales call-up
Ex-Rovers midfielder David Cotterill is keeping his fingers crossed that his good form while playing for Birmingham City will be enough to earn him a call-up to the Wales squad for the forthcoming Euro 2016 finals in France.
Wales boss Chris Coleman is due to announce his squad soon, with an initial 28 man squad to be cut down to 23 by the end of the month.
Cotterill told BBC WM: "I've hit form at the right time and hopefully I'll make the squad that goes to the Euros. I want to be in the 23 and first and foremost you've got to be in that initial squad that he's going to name."
His club boss, Gary Rowett, thinks that David has done enough to earn his place, commenting: "He's probably our most naturally athletic player getting up and down the pitch. He's come into tremendous form and been fantastic for us. Part of that is his desperation to be in the Wales squad and he's unashamedly told me that. I sincerely hope he does."
May 16, 2016
Club to reveal ticket prices for next season
Doncaster Rovers have reported that they will announce ticket prices for next season on 20th May. They have delayed the announcement to "liaise further with the Supporters Board to ensure we make the best possible decisions to ticket pricing whilst protecting our Season Ticket holders."
The "Early Bird" season ticket prices were announced well before the end of the season, with the presumption that the club would still be in League One, but we presume the club now have to factor in the drop in league status to set the match day ticket prices, amongst others.
Rovers are also set to announce a new membership scheme on Friday.
May 16, 2016
McSheffrey released by the Iron
Striker Gary McSheffrey, who spent the latter part of last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers, has been released by his parent club, Scunthorpe United, at the end of his contract.
McSheffrey impressed at Rovers, but saw his season ended two matches early due to injury.
With Rovers boss Darren Ferguson clearly interested in signing the much-travelled striker, his release paves the way for discussions to begin.
McSheffrey is one of four to be released by Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander this summer, with the Iron narrowly missing out on qualifying for the League One play-offs.
May 16, 2016
Clough backs Ferguson to succeed
Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough has backed Rovers boss Darren Ferguson to turn things around at the Keepmoat Stadium and lead them to promotion next season.
The ex-Sheffield United boss said after last weekend's game: "I think they’ve been very unlucky this season. We played them in one of our first games [back in charge] and we scored in the last minute to get a 3-3 draw. I think that they’re going to come straight back up, especially if Darren stays."
Clough stresses that the stability at Burton is one of the reasons why the club are now on an upward path to the Championship.
He added: "Same chairman, making sensible decisions and not spending money we haven’t got. We haven’t gone chasing it."
"Everything in football seems like it’s got to be done here and now but it’s not like that at this club. Early on in our relationship, it might have been a year or two in when we were in the Southern League and trying to get a team together to get promoted and I said ‘we’ll try and go up but what if we don’t?’ The chairman said ‘we’ll have a go next year’."
"There’s no time limit on anything, he doesn’t say ‘we’ve got to be up by this year or that season’ or whatever. It’s just making sensible decisions."