August 1, 2015
Rovers v Wolves
Doncaster Rovers play their final pre-season game ahead of the 2015/16 season this afternoon when they entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Paul Dickov is set to include new signing Dany N'Guessan in the squad for the first time since signing on Thursday, but apart from that, there has been virtually no hints of who may, or may not, play this afternoon.
Richard Chaplow and Nathan Tyson have missed the recent pre-season games, but Dickov has hinted that they should be ready to play this afternoon - but he will not rush them back into action if there is any doubt over their readiness.
Dickov told DROS this week: "We want to be careful with them. There’s no point in pre-season taking chances. What matters most is that they’re fit enough for the start of the season. The three who are waiting will have to work ever so hard to get back in. We’ll have to put the reins on a little bit though, like Richie (Wellens) who wanted to get a full ninety minutes but we’ve got to manage them right."
He added: "The young kids have really impressed me with their attitude and their desire to impress me and their teammates. I want to create competition and at times we probably had a team that picked itself too much and that lead to complacency and we wont have that this year. The more minutes they get on the pitch, then the better they’ll be. The pleasing thing for me is that we’ve still got Keegan, Tyson and Chaplow to come in to the fold as well which creates competition for places. The players in the team are going to want to stay there and the players that aren’t in the team are going to be pushing them for a starting place, as well."
Wolves have named a 24 man squad for today's game, indicating that they are likely to change their team at half time, despite it also being their final game ahead of next week's resumption of league action. A number of their players played the whole 90 minutes on Tuesday when they drew 2-2 against Aston Villa. They are expected to include young Crewe winger Ryan Colclough, who has been handed a trial by Wolves - he is out of contract at Gresty Road, but has continued to train with them.
Wolves squad: Ikeme, McCarey, Doherty, Iorfa, Stearman, Hause, Ebanks-Landell, Hayden, Golbourne, Deslandes, Henry, Colclough, Coady, Evans, Price, Rowe, Edwards, Ronan, Van La Parra, Graham, Dicko, Afobe, Reid, Enobakhare
Tickets for today's game, which kicks off at 3pm, are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
August 1, 2015
Rovers sign N'Guessan
Doncaster Rovers have announced the signing of French winger Dany N'Guessan on a two year contract, although they are saying that it is "subject to international clearance", which could hit hopes of him playing in today's game against Wolves.
N'Guessan is described as a winger or striker and becomes Paul Dickov's sixth signing of the summer, and is likely to be the final addition to the squad ahead of the new season next weekend.
The 27 year old is returning to England after a brief spell playing in Greece with Larissa, but with the current financial situation in Greece has taken the opportunity to leave to join Rovers.
He has also played for Rangers, Lincoln City, Leicester City and Millwall, as well as being promoted from League One with Southampton and Charlton Athletic. a two-year deal at the Keepmoat Stadium.
August 1, 2015
Goals review
Billy Sharp made his 'debut' for Sheffield United on Wednesday evening when they played at Macclesfield Town and win 4-0. It took former Rovers striker Billy Sharp less than quarter of an hour to show exactly why Nigel Adkins invested much of his transfer budget in bringing him back to Bramall Lane, as he scored an "emphatic angled drive which left Macclesfield’s goalkeeper grasping at thin air was greeted with a dramatic fist-pump by Adkins on the touchline and raucous cheering from the away sections of the ground."
Could this be the start of a productive career for Sharp at the Blades?
Former Rovers goalkeeper Andy Warrington was again in action for Grimsby Town as they played Peterborough. He has been in action owing to the illness of first choice keeper James McKeown, but his time on the pitch may be more limited now with the return at half time of McKeown.
Also on target in recent days was Brian Stock, who scored for Havant & Waterlooville in the first half of their game against Bognor on Tuesday evening, which keeps Havant's unbeaten pre-season record intact.
August 1, 2015
Johnstone set for Preston move
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that former Rovers loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is set to complete a season-long loan to Preston North End following the end of Manchester United's club tour of the United States.
Johnstone played half of United's game in Chicago against Paris St Germain, replacing first choice David De Gea, whose future is still uncertain, with a move back to Spain still being talked about.
The chances of Johnstone being allowed to leave increased last week with the signing of Argentinean keeper Sergio Romero. But Johnstone's proposed move has been talked about all summer, and the start of the new season is now only a week away.
August 1, 2015
Now Lewis tries out for Chorley
Ex-Rovers striker Lewis Guy played for non-league club Chorley last Saturday as he continues to play on trials to win a new club for the forthcoming season.
He has turned out for Guiseley in the last couple of weeks, but his inclusion as a trialist for Chorley suggests that he will not be moving to the Leeds based club.
He was introduced into the action in the 71st minute and made an instant impact, setting up Guiseley's fifth goal against Euxton Villa.
Team mate Adam Roscoe was quick to praise the former Rover, telling the Chorley Guardian: “I think Lewis would be a useful addition. He linked up well with Aaron Burns and he just gives us something a bit different."
August 1, 2015
Jamie tries out for Stevenage
We note that former Rovers defender Jamie McCombe has been at Stevenage Borough on trials after being released by Rovers this summer.
He is likely to play some part in their game this afternoon, although new Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham admits that is is difficult to give all of his trialists enough game time, as he also has to check out the players he inherited on joining the club this summer.
He told the Stevenage Comet: "It’s very hard to give the trialists proper games as well. If I’d been manager here last year and I knew all about my players it would have been easier to give trialists more minutes so I could look at them. I’m trying to look at our players; I’m trying to look at trialists. I’m trying to integrate everyone as well as getting them to try to understand what I want."
July 30, 2015
Rovers 2 Sunderland 0
Last week, Paul Dickov challenged his players to remain unbeaten for the whole of their pre-season campaign, and that aim remains a realistic one after a significant 2-0 home win over Premier League side Sunderland last night, meaning there is just Saturday's game against Wolves to navigate before the season starts.
Rovers will have done their confidence no harm at all with this win, as they proved more than a match for their visitors, with Richie Wellens proving a particular thorn in their side, ably assisted by James Coppinger.
Rovers took the lead in the 15th minute as Harry Forrester's cross was met by Cedric Evina, who smashed the ball home from twelve yards to give Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon no chance of saving the shot. Sunderland hit back with Jermain Lens, making his Black Cats debut, proving the most threatening.
Sunderland made four changes at half time, whereas all of Rovers' substitutions took place in the last ten minutes of the match, meaning that most players got a full match under their belts.
Rovers doubled their lead on the hour mark, with Forrester latching on to a poor clearance by Jack Rodwell to smash the ball into the net. Keeper Thorston Stuckmann had to pull off a superb save from a long range shot by Jermain Lens, which proved to be Sunderland's best scoring chance, but Rovers were generally in control for the rest of the game.
Boss Paul Dickov may be pleased with the win, but the manner of that win against a team of Premier League players, must have given him great pleasure.
OK, we know that some players were not included last night owing to injury, but we do have a concern about a lack of depth in the strength of the squad. It is all well and good to say that you are confident in the youth team graduates - and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that - but the lack of depth is what eventually undid Rovers' promotion challenge last season, and it would be a shame if that were to happen again.
Doncaster Rovers: Stuckmann (Marosi 82), McCullough, Butler, Jones, Taylor-Sinclair, Coppinger (Mandeville 82), Wellens (Lindley 86), Keegan (Whitehouse 68), Middleton (Carberry 86), Evina (P McKay 83), Forrester (Pugh 82).
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones (Matthews 63), Coates (Beadling 63), O’Shea (Giaccherini 46), Van Aanholt, Lens (Buckley 82), Cattermole (Larsson 46), Rodwell (Bridcutt 71), Johnson (Watmore 82), Defoe (Graham 46), Fletcher (Kaboul 46)
July 30, 2015
Dickov - keep your feet on the ground
Boss Paul Dickov is likely to face a big job to keep the Rovers players from being overconfident after another impressive win last night.
He is determined to keep his players' feet on the ground, insisting that this form is worthless unless it is carried over into the season proper.
He told the Doncaster Star last night: "Confidence is massive but we can’t get too carried away either. We were 1-0 up at half time and all the lads were really chatty and jovial. I did ask them if it was a league game would they have been like that and they said no. I said well, it starts now."
"I won’t let them get carried away because it means nothing. It’s great for confidence and great for me to see things that we’re doing on the training ground coming out onto the pitch but at the end of the day it’s a friendly. It will be tougher for them in a league game. But if we move the ball quickly like we did in the first half we will cause teams a lot of problems."
Rovers had Nathan Tyson, Gary MacKenzie, Curtis Main, Andy Williams, Mitchell Lund, Richard Chaplow and Jack McKay missing last night, but Dickov said that all were not causing any concerns and will be fit for the first game of the season.
July 30, 2015
Billy helps the kids out
Ex-Rovers striker Billy Paynter is enjoying his role as "elder statesman" at new club Hartlepool United after suffering a year out in the wilderness at Carlisle United, where he was excluded from the first team for much of the season.
Paynter is the oldest player in the Pools squad, with boss Ronnie Moore believing that Billy's presence has already benefited some of the younger players.
Moore said: "Target players are never prolific goal scorers. If people think Billy will get 30-odd goals, that is not why he is here. We need him to link up play and bring the midfield players in and Rakish, Rhys and Scotty Fenwick will all benefit from him. You need that mix of different strikers, rather than being predicable."
But for all that, Paynter has been warned that he will not be an automatic choice next season, with Paynter admitting: "Healthy competition keeps players on their toes. The last thing you want is for players to be comfortable. With four strikers, we are all itching for a start in that first league game."
July 30, 2015
Steer for Scotland?
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is reported to be investigating the chances of former Rovers loan goalkeeper Jed Steer being persuaded to pledge his international future to Scotland.
Steer has represented England at levels through from under-16 to under-19 level, but could be in with a chance of first team action at Aston Villa next season, which could lead on to an international future for Scotland. Shay Given has left to join Stoke City, and doubts continue to surround the future of former first choice keeper Brad Guzan, who was dropped in favour of Given at the end of last season.
Steer spent two spells out on loan last season, at Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town, during which time he kept 12 clean sheets in 25 games.
July 30, 2015
Sam is happy to wait
Ex-Rovers loan keeper Sam Johnstone is happy to continue to wait as debate continues as to where he will be playing his football next season.
With the future of David De Gea at Manchester United uncertain, and the likely departure of Victor Valdes after his disagreement with boss Louis van Gaal, Johnstone has been playing in United's pre-season tour of the USA, although the signing of Sergio Romero may change things.
Preston North End boss Simon Grayson is still waiting in the hope that Johnstone will be allowed to leave Old Trafford on a season long loan, but Johnstone told the Manchester Evening News: "I am contracted to Man United for two maybe three years so they are the biggest club in the world and I have had two chances out here now in America and we can only see what happens in the future. I saw what Simon Grayson said and that was good. I enjoyed my time there but I never expected to be going to Preston permanently. There was talk about it. That is between the two clubs to decide. If I go back out I would like it to be a loan. I have to see what happens here first. If they tell me it is time to move on then it is time to move on but I will keep working hard here and impressing the manager.”
July 30, 2015
Now Liam tries out at Stanley
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Liam Wakefield turned out as a trialist for Accrington Stanley in their pre-season game at home to Rochdale on Tuesday evening as he continues to look for a new club.
Wakefield had been hoping to join Walsall, playing in a number of their pre-season games, but was released last week after Dean Smith declined to offer him a contract.
22 year old Liam had been offered a new contract by Rovers this summer, but has elected to look elsewhere for employment for the coming season.
July 29, 2015
Rovers v Sunderland
Doncaster Rovers continue their run of home pre-season games this evening when they welcome Premier League Sunderland to the Keepmoat Stadium, with the match kicking off at 7:45pm.
Pre-season has gone fairly well for Paul Dickov and his men, although he has hinted that Paul Keegan, Richard Chaplow and Nathan Tyson may play this evening after missing the matches so far. However, he has stressed that he will not take any chances on any of them, so their first appearances could wait until Saturday if necessary.
Sunderland are playing their first game on home soil since returning from their trans-Atlantic tour, with Jermaine Lens, Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Coates all expected to play their first games for the club, with them signing for the club while the squad was in the USA. They will be missing Jordi Gomez due to injury, which will also rule him out of the opening Premier League fixtures.
Tickets for the game are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
July 29, 2015
Dickov wants to win
Paul Dickov keeps saying that it is the performances and the progression in pre-season games that is the most important - but then he also doesn't like losing!
He is doing well in overcoming last season's problem of not being able to win home matches by concentrating on playing at the Keepmoat Stadium in pre-season games, but he accepts that Premier League opposition will be a big test for his League One side.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "I want to see a progression throughout the pre-season more than anything else. First and foremost we don’t want to get beat. We want to win the game but if we can’t we must make sure we don’t lose. It’s going to be a big test for us, particularly with the teams we’re playing against.""
"We’ve done well in doing that in two tough tests but I still want to see progression. I don’t want to tempt fate but I don’t want to get beat against these top teams at home."
July 29, 2015
New away shirt on sale tonight
Doncaster Rovers have announced that the new design of away kit will go on sale at the club shop ahead of this evening's game against Sunderland.
The new design was selected from a poll of supporters, with the navy blue shirt having a red and white vertical stripe on the left.
Adult shirts cost a mind-boggling £47 for the long sleeved version and £44 for a short sleeved shirt, with junior shirts coming in at a mere £36 and £37 for short and long sleeved versions respectively.
July 29, 2015
Armthorpe Welfare 0 Rovers Development XI 4
Rob Jones' Development XI continued the promising preparations for next season with a convincing win against local club Armthorpe Welfare on Monday evening.
Two goals from youngster Joe Pugh, the son of former Rover Daryl, was pleasing to see, with the other two goals coming from Billy Whitehouse and a trialist (Ball).
Featuring for Armthorpe in the second half was former Rover Ben Muirhead, who is now a player/assistant manager at Welfare.
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi; Greasley, Carberry, M'Buti (Fielding, 57), P. McKay; Whitehouse, Bell, Linley (Parkin, 58), Davies, Mandeville, Pugh (Walker, 63).
Substitutes not used: Longbottom, Barker.
July 29, 2015
Youth team's Gothia Cup in Sweden
The youth team have returned from their trip to Sweden where they again took part in the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, with the club's management considering it another success.
While Rovers finished in tenth position after losing 1-0 in the play-offs, they had one win and two draws in the group stages, so based on those results, they went into the play-off brackets for those clubs ranked between 9 and 12, where they were drawn against Swedish side Helsinborgs IF, where they came back from a goal down to equalise in the last ten minutes, taking the game to penalties, which Rovers won 6-5. That took Rovers into the play-off final against Djurgardens IF, another Swedish team, where they went down 10.
Boss Paul Wilson commented: "This is the seventh season that we have attended the Gothia Cup and I have to say that it is a fantastic occasion for everyone involved. Thousands of players from all ages and from countries all over the world getting together and having fun playing football. The elite games programme that we are entered into is for professional academies from all over the world which gives our players great learning experiences that is vital to their development, to learn to play against different football philosophy’s, cultures and styles of play. The Gothia Cup is a great tournament that is very professionally run by friendly staff in good stadiums. I would like to thanks Jim Hackett at World Youth Tournaments for all his efforts in setting up this tour again and all the staff at the Gothia Cup for another amazing experience for all the staff and all the players.”
July 28, 2015
Aaron 'over the moon' about Rovers move
New Rovers defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair is "over the moon" about his move to Doncaster Rovers this summer, after getting frustrated at not getting regular games at Wigan Athletic last season.
He told DROS last week: "I’m over the moon to come here and after speaking to the manager I knew this was the right club for me to progress in my career. I just want to get back playing again. I had a tough spell at Wigan not playing as much as I’d wanted, but I just want to get back playing and enjoy my football again as well as performing well.""
"I try to be as close to a modern day full back as you can get. I like to get up and down the pitch, I always give 100% and that’s what I want to bring to the team."
He added: "Paul had a massive influence on me coming here. After speaking to him and finding out what he sees for me here can only begged going forward. Speaking to the manager and hearing his thoughts and plans for the upcoming season made me want to come and play my football here."
July 28, 2015
Furman moves on
Ex-Rovers midfielder Dean Furman has left Blackburn Rovers, the club announced recently. Furman had been on trials at Blackburn and had taken part in their pre-season preparations, but he missed last week's game against Rochdale, which was quickly followed by confirmation from boss Gary Bowyer that they had parted company.
Furman, along with midfielder Giles Coke, was hoping to win a deal at Ewood Park, but Bowyer said: "Unfortunately they've been with us and obviously we had to come to a decision. We've made the decision not to go with either of them due to the restrictions that we're under. They're very similar to players that we already have but the pair of them have been fantastic. If the circumstances had been different for us then it might have been different for them."
July 28, 2015
Buxton 99% sure of Ricky signing
Buxton boss Martin McIntosh is 99% sure that former Rovers midfielder Ricky Ravenhill will sign for him in the next couple of weeks after impressing during pre-season training and matches.
Ravenhill is a free agent after reaching the end of his short term deal with Mansfield Town, but impressed in their game against FC United of Manchester.
McIntosh told the Buxton Advertiser: "Ricky seems really happy and wants to sign. Hopefully we can agree on something with him pretty soon. I am 99 per cent sure he will be on board with us next season and he would be a tremendous signing. I want to make decisions on people as soon as I can to be fair to them as well. I have the core of the players I want for next season and there maybe another two or three I will sign.”
July 28, 2015
Khumalo plays against Palace
Former Rovers defender Bongani Khumalo turned out for SuperSport United last weekend in their Cape Town Cup game against Crystal Palace. Bongani has been training with the South African club as efforts go on to resolve the work visa problem that is preventing him from continuing his career in England.
His agent, Glyn Binkin, is claiming that new regulations mean that any offer from an English club is virtually impossible, so interest shown by Rovers and QPR will be unlikely to progress, with his best chance being to join a club elsewhere in Europe.
Binkin told the South African Times: "One of the changes that was made recently with regard to work permit applications is that players must be from countries regularly in the top 50 in the world, not top 70 as it was previously. Bafana Bafana were briefly in the top 50 a few years ago, but the last time they were regularly there was over 10 years ago."
Binkin said a compelling case must be put forward as to why an exception should be made and the player should be given a work permit.
July 28, 2015
Goals catch-up
Looking back over the last few days, we see that Jon-Paul Pittman scored a hat-trick in Grimsby Town's 6-0 win over Brigg Town. A youthful Grimsby side was supplemented by Pittman and boss Paul Hurst which continued the Mariners' unbeaten start to pre-season.
Just a few days after the Brigg game, Pittman was again on target as Grimsby demolished Notts County 3-0 at Blundell Park, with match reports suggesting that Notts need some new faces in defence if they are to succeed this season.
Looking somewhat further afield, Jordan Ball scored for Worksop Town in their 4-3 defeat at Dunston UTS. Worksop trailed 4-0 at half time, but clearly the changes made at half time did the trick.
Sam Oji won't thank us for mentioning it, but he scored a last minute own goal while playing for Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park as Bray Wanderers racked up their fourth successive win in the Irish Premier League. The win takes Bray ahead of Galway in the league table, although the own goal does sound unfortunate, as he deflected a cross into his own net.
July 28, 2015
England seniors finish third
The England Seniors team finished third in the Seniors World Cup earlier this month, numbering former Rovers players Andy Warrington, Tim Ryan and Jason Price among their ranks.
Keeper Andy said after returning to England: "The competition is organised to promote health and wellbeing amongst the Thai population and help spread the development of football in the country. But it also gives us the chance to pull on our boots once again. I felt right at home in the squad, we had a great team spirit. England have entered a team for the last eight tournaments, and it was an honour to be part of the squad for the first time. Hopefully I’ll be here next year again – if the wife lets me!"
To qualify to play in the tournament, which also featured Iran, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Scotland, players must be over 38, and each side must have four players aged between 44 and 50, and three over-50s, on the 4G pitch at any time. The rules made the games very interesting with substitutions as not only did we have to think of positions, but ages as well. Our team rotation did very well because we had a brilliant mix of experience and some good, young legs this year."
England finished third after beating Australia 4-1 in the third place play-off.
In the group stages, England beat New Zealand 1-0 and Taiwan 4-1 before being held to a 1-1 draw by eventual tournament winners Iran. They then lost 1-0 to hosts Thailand in the semi-finals.
July 27, 2015
Dickov backs Wellens
Boss Paul Dickov thinks that midfielder Richie Wellens can be a big influence on Doncaster Rovers this coming season, but he must keep his frustration in check at times.
Wellens may have just turned 35 this summer, but he is still likely to be one of the first names on the team sheet next season, despite the arrival of some tough competition.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: "I think Richie did okay last season. When Richie plays well, we play well. I don’t there’s any secret about that. Richie is such an intelligent footballer - not just in terms of ability but in his head as well - and he gets frustrated at times. As a senior pro you can’t let that frustration show. But on form Richie Wellens is the best midfielder, passing-wise, in this division."
Age does not seem to come into it, with Wellens maintaining his fitness well. Dickov added: "Richie is as fit as a fiddle. Because of the way he plays, he always wants to get on the ball and slow things down, [it might not always appear so]. But he’s right at the top when it comes to any of the fitness things we do. It’s testament to the senior lads, like Richie, Copps, Nathan Tyson and Paul Keegan, that they are the ones out in front. I don’t think fitness is an issue.”
July 27, 2015
Chaplow - Rovers will be more clinical
New signing Richard Chaplow may not have made his first appearance in a Rovers shirt yet owing to a knock to his knee in training, but he has seen enough in training to be confident of success this next season.
Boss Paul Dickov has identified that the lack of clinical finishing last season proved costly, but new signings such as Andy Williams, should solve that.
Richard told the Doncaster Free Press: "Obviously Andy Williams up top will be very beneficial for us. He scored a lot of goals in this league last season and he knows what it’s all about. Then you’ve got Nathan Tyson and Curtis Main who scored a healthy amount last season too."
"There’s definitely goals in the team. From getting promoted out of this league with Southampton myself, I felt the squad had goals in it and that’s what you need. There are a lot of teams in League One that are very similar. But if you have that cutting edge you obviously have the advantage and I think Paul [Dickov] has tried to get that."
He concluded: "I think it just proves we’re serious this season about being in the top half and staying in the top six. From speaking to Paul he wants to be in and around that top six and fighting for promotion. Obviously as a player that’s exactly what you want to hear. He’s made some key signings already.”
July 27, 2015
QPR eye Khumalo
Queens Park Rangers are reported to be interested in signing former Rovers loan defender Bongani Khumalo, who is a free agent after being released by Spurs this summer.
Rovers had been reported to be interested in his services, but problems with obtaining a work visa is holding up those ideas - so why QPR should be interested at the moment is a bit of a mystery.
Much of the visa problems is down to him having not played for his country enough times in the last twelve months - but he has been injured for virtually all that time, so that isn't surprising.
Khumalo has been training with SuperSport United to keep himself fit before getting fixed up permanently, and there is still a chance that he will sign for SuperSport on a short term deal if he does not find a new club by the time the transfer window closes.
He has also turned down an offer from a Major League Soccer club.
July 27, 2015
Ben is appointed vice-captain
Ex-loan keeper Ben Alnwick will be the vice-captain at Peterborough United next season, revealed boss Dave Robertson.
Midfielder Michael Bostwick will be first choice captain, with Ben deputising if necessary.
Robertson told Peterborough Today: "The vice-captain, in any absence of Michael, will be Ben Alnwick. Ben is another strong natural leader within the group. He has a strong personality and he is an excellent goalkeeper. His performances have been very good for us."
July 27, 2015
Redfearn finally quits
The story rumbled on since the end of last season, especially since the appointment of Uwe Rosler as first team coach, but it has been confirmed that former Rover Neil Redfearn has resigned from his job as Leeds United's academy manager.
The news was confirmed around ten days ago - but the writing was on the wall after he was reported to be absent from the Thorp Arch training ground when the squad returned to training at the beginning of the month.
Redfearn issued a statement which read: "It is with great sadness that I am resigning from my employment at Leeds United with immediate effect. I am desperately disappointed that [executive director] Adam Pearson’s ‘offer’ of a return to my old position as academy manager was not genuine and the club have since made my position untenable by refusing to let me take up my post at Thorp Arch."
"I would, however, like to place on record my thanks to everyone connected with the first team, including the fans, for making last season both productive and beneficial after a difficult start. Very importantly I would like to pay a special tribute to the academy where I proudly worked along with others for the best part of six years. The LUFC academy is now regarded as one of the most productive in the country and last season proved testament to that with the continued development of Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor, Kalvin Phillips, Lewis Walters and Chris Dawson amongst a crop of outstanding young players to wear the Leeds badge of honour and to don the famous white shirt. The Academy Philosophy and Coaching programme that I wrote and developed will be part of my legacy to this great club and hopefully will help shape more top young professional footballers moving forward."
"I would like to wish Uwe Rösler and his staff and players every success for next season and beyond so that Leeds can (get) back to the Premier League very soon. Last, but not least, I wish to thank the fans for their unstinting support both during my time at the Academy and whilst in charge of the first team. It has truly been an honour to represent and serve this great club."
Redfearn is reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post to have handed in his resignation after failing to agree a settlement deal to end his employment with the club.
Leeds United have not yet responded to Redfearn's statement.
July 27, 2015
Griffith signs for Alty
Ex-Rovers midfielder Anthony Griffith has signed for Conference (now called the "National League) club Altrincham, it has been confirmed.
Earlier in the summer he was released by Carlisle United after being told that they could not guarantee him regular first team action next season, but he has now signed a twelve month deal with Altrincham.
He began his career with Rovers before moving on to play for Port VAle, Leyton Orient and Shrewsbury Town. He joins former Rovers youth team striker Michael Rankine at Altrincham for next season.
July 26, 2015
Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 0
Both managers will be encouraged by the performance of their players in yesterday's game at the Keepmoat Stadium although goal chances were at a premium and the game ended goalless.
Rovers played well as a defensive unit, and passed the ball around well, and it took until the second half for Middlesbrough to become more of a threat.
Richie Wellens returned to the side at the expense of Cedric Evina, with James Coppinger moving back out to his favoured wide right position. Northern Ireland international Luke McCullough played the whole 90 minutes as a right back, as Paul Dickov continues to look at the possibility of playing him there instead of having to recruit a new player.
Former Rovers players George Friend and James Husband were in the Middlesbrough side during the afternoon, with Curtis Main lining up for Rovers against his previous club - and he had the best chance of the game to win it for Rovers late on when he was put in by Wellens, but his chipped shot went wide of the goal.
Rovers: Stuckmann, McCullough, Butler, MacKenzie (Jones 69), Taylor-Sinclair (P McKay 81), Coppinger (Mandeville 81), Wellens (Whitehouse 81), Middleton (Linley 89), Forrester (Carberry 89), Williams (Evina 59), Main.
Subs not used: Marosi, Lund.
Boro: Konstantopoulos (Osorio 70), Ayala (Nsue 64), Burn (Husband 46), Friend (Fry 84), Kalas (Jackson 84), Carayol (Adomah 64), Downing (Wildschut 84), Forshaw (Maloney 84), Leadbitter (Clayton 64), Tomlin (Reach 46), Fewster (Kike 46).
Subs not used: Ripley.
July 26, 2015
Boss pleased with progress
Rovers boss Paul Dickov declared that he was pleased with the progress his side are making as they prepare for the new season. Speaking after watching his side draw with Middlesbrough yesterday, Paul told the Doncaster Star: "I’m pleased. Pre-season’s all about progression. From game to game you look for different things that you think you could have done better in the previous game and I got that. I was delighted with a clean sheet and I thought we looked really organised. We probably created the better chances in the game too. I know they had a spell in the second half and they had one in the first half where they kept the ball but they’re a top Championship team so overall I’m really pleased."
He added: "I thought right through the team we were excellent without the ball. I think we can still be better at times when we win it back. We can still be more composed. We’re creating chances and we’re looking well. We’re passing the ball well at times. A lot of the lads have not had a full ninety minutes yet, but as we get closer to the season we’ll be looking to be a bit more clinical.”
July 26, 2015
Billy goes back to Blades for third time
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp has signed for Sheffield United on a two year contract, with the option of an extra year. The 29 year old began his career at Bramall Lane in 2004, and also played for them between 2007 and 2010, and the move means he will work with boss Nigel Adkins for a fourth time, having previously played for him at Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Reading.
Sharp's exit from troubled Leeds United was expected, and once Adkins was appointed as Blades boss this summer, the speculation started - as it proved, with good foundation.
Adkins, who also signed Derby Conor Sammon on a season long loan, commented: "I'm delighted to get both players over the line and I'm looking forward to working with them. Billy is someone I know well and Conor is a player we have admired from afar and have monitored his progress since he was at Kilmarnock."
Sharp posted a message on twitter stating: "Firstly I would like to say how happy I am to be back to Sheffield United. I will give 100 per cent to the shirt and hope to score lots of goals and help the team gain promotion, it's a pleasure to be back working with a manager who believes in me and of course it's fantastic to be playing for the club I've grown up supporting."
July 26, 2015
Barnsley fail in bid for Forte
Barnsley have failed in their bid to take former Rovers loan striker Jonathan Forte to Oakwell, it was confirmed on Friday.
Negotiations were described as being 'advanced' over a move to sign the Barbados international, who celebrated his 29th birthday yesterday. He had been expected to link up again with former Oldham boss Lee Johnson, who is now head coach at Barnsley. The news means that Forte will remain at Oldham for the coming season. He played 37 times for them last season, scoring 15 goals.
July 26, 2015
Chambers retires
Ex-Rovers defender James Chambers has confirmed that he has retired from playing football. He had been offered a new contract by Walsall, but he has chosen to hang up his boots to follow business interests outside the game. He leaves Walsall after playing 102 games over a three year period and leaves boss Dean Smith with the task of signing a replacement.
Chambers told the Express & Star: "It’s something I have thought long and hard about. I’ve taken advice from various people, as well as family and friends. I have decided that the time is right for me to have a change of direction.”
He will now concentrate on other interests, including his company "My Farewell". James added: "I simply couldn’t do both. It wouldn’t have been fair on the club or myself for me to remain here and not give it my full attention. I have been fortunate to have enjoyed a long career in the game where I have played alongside and against some fantastic players and been involved in some big games. I’ve got some great memories to look back upon and leave Walsall having had a fantastic time over the past three years. When you move on from something you’ve been doing for a long time, it’s only natural that there will be a tear in my eye, but I am looking forward to what the future holds in store. One of things I have most enjoyed over the years is the interaction with the fans and I must say that the Walsall supporters in particular have been first-class. I thank everyone who has supported me over the years, it really does mean a lot. I would like to think that I will be remembered as hard-working, energetic and a team player."
July 25, 2015
Rovers v Middlesbrough
Doncaster Rovers will face Middlesbrough in the latest of their pre-season fixtures this afternoon at the Keepmoat Stadium, with the performance against Nottingham Forest during the week giving boss Paul Dickov much to think about.
The game also doubles up as a testimonial game for long serving midfielder James Coppinger, although he is putting more importance on preparation for next season than on his own celebration.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "I’m not one for attention really. It’ll probably sink in more when I stop playing. It’s great and humbling for the fans to show their appreciation. It’s just one of those things for me. I’ve had a fantastic 12 seasons here and to play Middlesbrough at the Keepmoat is something I’ve been really looking forward to. I’m just going to enjoy it and hopefully have a good game and do well because it’s my hometown club. All my family are from Middlesbrough and support the club and it’ll be great to have them here."
Looking forward to today's game, he added: "We put in a great performance against Nottingham Forest in midweek so hopefully we can do that again. Middlesbrough are organised, the manager had got them playing really well and they’ll be very tough for us. I think they’re going to be real contenders again this season so it’ll be good to see how we cope with that."
New signing Richard Chaplow is again likely to miss the game as he recovers from a knock on his knee sustained in training, but both Paul Keegan and Nathan Tyson, who sat out the Forest game, should be included in the match squad.
The game kicks off at 3pm, with admission priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
July 25, 2015
Barnes goal sees Jamaica into semi-finals
Former Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes has scored the goal that put Jamaica into the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He struck for the Reggae Boyz last weekend, which proved to be the only game of their game against Haiti, with the strike coming from a tight angle - and then admitted that their coach had been telling him to shoot more.
He said: "'I kind of looked up and didn't really see anyone in the box, and I thought, just hit it hard and low. The coach had been telling me to shoot more.''
July 25, 2015
Rovers squad "flying"
Paul Dickov reckons that the players are "absolutely flying" after their pre-season training trip to Portugal, with much fitness work having been done during the training camp in the sun.
He told the Doncaster Star: "It’s the third year we’ve done it and it was probably the best we’ve had. The players worked incredibly hard to the extent I probably took a few liberties with them at times. But they just got their heads down and got on with it."
"A few of the senior lads that have spoken to me since we got back have said it was one of the best pre-season camps they’ve been involved in. The lads are absolutely flying. I maybe over-pushed it with one or two of the sessions but they dragged each other through. You want to see that, if someone is struggling that the rest of the group pulls them through."
The team building aspect, with the aim of boosting morale and togetherness, clearly worked, as he added: "The togetherness and the camaraderie was outstanding. There were rooming lists of four but we put senior players in with young pros and new signings to make sure everyone was together. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, everyone ate together. We gave them all a night out to get something to eat off the complex and everyone went out together and everyone came back together. That was pleasing because you worry about them coming back."
July 25, 2015
Brown on trial at Bury
Former Rovers loan defender Reece Brown is having trials at League One club Bury in the hope of landing a contract for next season. He was released at the end of his contract with Barnsley this summer, and has been training with Bury since they reported back after the summer break, and travelled on their pre-season tour to Tenerife.
He began his career at Manchester United, and while at the club went out on loan to Bradford City and Rovers, followed by loans at Oldham Athletic, Coventry City and Ipswich Town before being released by United in summer 2013. He then joined Watford and Carlisle United (loan) before joining Barnsley in July 2014.
July 25, 2015
Bridlington Town 0 Rovers XI 2
Doncaster Rovers sent an Under-21s side to Bridlington on Wednesday and came away with a comfortable 2-0 win. They were up against a rather physical Bridlington side, but were reported to be always in control of the game. Both goals came in the second half, with Billy Whitehouse striking in the 50th minute, and Anthony Bell sealing the victory in the 89th minute.
Rovers had much of the possession, but Bridlington did have times when they threatened to score, although the Rovers defence were up to the task and snuffed out most of their efforts.
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi (Jones 86’), Lund, Carberry, Linley, P.McKay (Greasley 70’), Mbuti (Williamson 45’), Bell, Davies (Walker 55’), Pugh (Longbottom 60’), Mandeville (Fielding 80’), Whitehouse (Parkin 74’)
July 24, 2015
Wakefield set to leave Rovers
Defender Liam Wakefield looks set to leave Doncaster Rovers before the new season starts after opting to go for trials with Walsall.
Wakefield had been offered a new six month contract with Rovers, which remains unsigned, so that he could prove his fitness after missing the latter part of last season due to ruptured ankle ligaments. He was also part of the squad that went to Portugal for the pre-season training camp and featured in the pre-season game against Frickley Athletic.
However, Rovers were becoming frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations with the player's representatives and have been considering withdrawing the offer.
However, Wakefield now seems to have moved on, and appeared as a trialist for Walsall in their friendly fixture against Rushall Olympic on Wednesday evening.
July 24, 2015
Turnbull completes Leeds move
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Ross Turnbull completed a move to Leeds United last week on a two year contract. Turnbull, who had a year of his Barnsley contract to run, has moved on a free transfer, but the Tykes opted to allow the move, which reduces their wage bill to allow further squad building.
The 30 year old keeper missed the end of last season after having surgery on a back injury, but has made the move, apparently to provide back-up to first choice Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri, although boss Uwe Rosler has challenged him to make a bid for the first team place. He made his debut in Leeds United's away friendly fixture at York, playing 80 minutes of that game, with Rosler commenting afterwards: He did very well. It was a solid, good experienced performance from him – exactly what we need."
July 24, 2015
Uche signs for Vale
Ex-Rovers loan striker Uche Ikpeazu has signed for Port Vale on a six month loan deal from Watford. The move was announced recently, with Vale impressed by the form of the 20 year old when on loan at Crewe Alexandra last season.
Vale boss Rob Page told their official web site: "He's an exceptional talent and a really physical player. We saw that when Crewe came here last season and he was one of the best players on the pitch. Uche is someone I've been tracking for a while and I have tried to get him in before so I'm delighted to have finally got him in."
He spent a short time on loan at Rovers last season, featuring in seven games before returning to Gresty Road in March, but is yet to make a first team appearance for parent club Watford.
July 24, 2015
Lalkovic joins Saddlers
Former Rovers loan striker Milan Lalkovic has joined Walsall on a one year contract after leaving Barnsley this summer.
The 22 year old Czech-born striker will be in his second spell at Walsall, having been there on loan from Chelsea in the 2013/14 season, when he scored six goals in 39 games.
He had a further year to run on his contract at Oakwell, but the Express & Star report that Barnsley and the player came to an agreement over the final year of his deal with them.
Walsall boss Dean Smith told them: "I’m really pleased to have Milan back on board. He did well for us before. There is a lot of potential in him and now that he is our player, we can be committed to the ‘Milan Lalkovic project’ and getting the best out of him. He’s full of enthusiasm and energy and is a real talent. By the same token, he knows exactly what we are all about and the way we work here. He will have learned a lot from his successful loan spell with us and will also have learned from the disappointments he faced last season. Hopefully he can hit the ground running and I certainly believe that he will improve our team."
July 24, 2015
Falkirk say no to Heffs
Any hopes of former Rovers striker Paul Heffernan may have had of joining Falkirk this summer were dashed last week when their boss, Peter Houston, confirmed that they would not be offering him a contract.
Heffernan had been on trials at the club, and went on their recent pre-season tour of Ireland, where he impressed - but eventually, Paul's age counted against him.
Houston told the Falkirk Herald: "He’s a perfect pro and a really good player. Three years ago I wouldn’t be asking the question, but he’s going on 34 so I’ve decided against it."
July 24, 2015
Rovers sponsor local league
The Doncaster Star have reported that Doncaster Rovers are to sponsor the Doncaster & District Senior League for the forthcoming season.
They are hoping that the partnership will both arrest the decline in the number of people playing "grass roots football" and also encourage more people to support their local team.
League secretary Jonathan Preen commented: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the league and all involved in it. Open age grass roots football has been on the decline for the last ten to 15 years due to social and economic changes. So this seemed like a logical step to try and give the grass roots game in Doncaster a push."
"We’ve been building bridges with Rovers for a while now. Rovers very much want to be a community and family club and this relationship is a continuation of that. Developing their links with grass roots football is the next step for the club and it helps us by raising the profile of the league. Hopefully it will get a lot more people interested. And in turn, as a league, we’ll be encouraging people to go and watch Rovers and support their local team by doing ticket initiatives and things like ‘Rovers Days’. In effect we’re helping each other. It should be a mutually beneficial partnership."
July 23, 2015
New kit on sale tomorrow
Doncaster Rovers have announced that the new replica kit will go on sale tomorrow lunchtime at the "Rovers Open Day".
The kit was worn by the Rovers team in this week's game against Nottingham Forest.
The Rovers "Open Day" will only last for two hours, between 11am and 1pm, during which time supporters will be able to watch the Rovers squad training on the Keepmoat Stadium's pitch, when sixty young season ticket holders will be able to train with them. There are a number of other activities for supporters to take part in.
The event, for those who can make it in the middle of a working day, is free to all supporters.
July 23, 2015
Dickov willing to wait for right players
Rovers boss Paul Dickov may not be as far along the recruitment path as he may have wished, but he insists that he will wait to make sure that he gets the right players into the club. He is highly delighted with the five signings made so far, and others will be on the way, although he refused to say when those signings may be made.
He told the Doncaster Star: "What I’ve done so far I’m delighted with. When you recruit it’s important to improve and I think with all five players we’ve signed we’ve done that."
He added: "No matter how close you think you are to a player, you can be so far away sometimes. We had to be patient, making sure they’re the right players. I could have signed a number of players by now, probably 10 to 12. But I didn’t feel they were the right quality or mentality that we’re looking for. It’s important that we’re patient to get the right players in."
Dickov is reported to be hunting two full backs and a wide midfielder, but also remains keen on strengthening defensively and in attack.
But when they may arrive - who knows? Dickov said: "I’m not going to say. If I say ‘this week’ everyone jumps on the bandwagon if it’s next week so I’m going to shut my mouth. I’m not saying a word."
July 23, 2015
Players are "flying"
Boss Paul Dickov is very pleased with the way that pre-season training has gone so far, with the new signings fitting in well with the rest of the squad.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "Fitness-wise the boys are flying. We need to get minutes on the pitch into them now and work a lot more on how we want to play tactically, with and without the ball. The most pleasing thing so far has been the attitude and the togetherness of the boys. A few of the senior lads have been to see me to say Portugal was one of the best training camps they’ve had. What we’ve got to do now is take that on."
July 23, 2015
Goals round-up
Goals being scored by former Rovers players over the last few days include Fabien Robert, who is on trials at Swindon Town at the moment. He scored in their game at Solihull Moors on Tuesday evening, although Swindon went down to a 3-1 defeat, with ex-Rover Theo Streete featuring for the non-league side.
Also on target was Jon-Paul Pittman, who scored for Grimsby Town in their 2-1 win at North Ferriby. A pre-match injury to Grimsby goalkeeper James McKeown meant that ex-Rover Andy Warrington, the goalkeeping coach at the Mariners, had a surprise return to action.
Finally, Michael Rankine scored just before half time for new club Altrincham last Tuesday in their 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic.
July 23, 2015
Rovers check out Payne?
The Burton Mail has reported that Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley are being linked with a move for Peterborough United midfielder Jack Payne. The 23 year old midfielder has been made available for transfer this summer and has already had talks with Leyton Orient over a possible move.
Payne was the captain at Peterborough last season, but has since been told that he does not feature in their first team plans for the coming season.
July 22, 2015
Rovers 1 Nottingham Forest 1
Both sides will feel as though they benefited from last night's game, as both managers gave run-outs to their new players and took the opportunity to experiment with different line-ups and formations.
Rovers' preparations were hit when Richie Wellens picked up an injury in the pre-match warm up, with new signings Andy Williams included at the last minute, with the Rovers midfield being shuffled to accommodate him.
Luke McCullough played an hour of the game at right back before moving to central defence, and impressed - and the midfield central partnership of James Coppinger and Harry Middleton worked well.
It was Rovers who had the ball in the net first, but Curtis Main's tenth minute strike disallowed for offside, but it took barely a minute for him to make up for that, putting Rovers ahead, firing home after a Harry Forrester free kick had been flicked on by Gary MacKenzie.
Forest then responded and almost took advantage of a poor clearance by Taylor-Sinclair, but levelled the scores when Burke breezed past Taylor-Sinclair to curl the ball into the net for a great goal.
As usual, the second half saw numerous substitutions, with only three players playing the whole ninety minutes, and the standard of the game dipped.
Doncaster Rovers: Stuckmann, McCullough, MacKenzie (Lund 62), Jones (Butler 46), Taylor-Sinclar (Whitehouse 46), Forrester (Carberry 75), Coppinger (P McKay 62), Middleton (Parkin 89), Evina, Williams (Mandeville 62), Main (Lindley 89).
Subs not used: Marosi.
Nottingham Forest: Evtimov, Riera, Mills (Mancienne 46), Wilson (Grant 85), Pinollos (Fox 75), Burke (Maynard 82), Lansbury (Osborn 46 (McLaughlin 85)), Vaughan, Taylor (Antonio 82), Ward (Patterson 46), Blackstock (Walker 75).
Subs not used: De Vries, Lichaj, Tesche, Hobbs.
July 22, 2015
Ricky tries out for Buxton
Ex-Rovers midfielder Ricky Ravenhill is currently on a trial at non-league Buxton as he looks for a new club after being released by Mansfield Town at the end of last season.
Ravenhill played in Buxton's 2-1 home defeat against FC United of Manchester at the weekend.
July 22, 2015
SuperSport rule out move for Khumalo
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Bongani Khumalo will not be joining South African club SuperSport United, according to their CEO, Stan Matthews.
Khumalo is without a club after being released by Tottenham Hotspur, but has been running into problems in finding a new club, as he cannot presently obtain a work permit to sign for another English club.
Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov had expressed an interest in signing the South African international, but for the permit issues to block the idea.
However, Bongani has been training with SuperSport United, but that is purely to keep fit, and there is apparently no prospect of him signing up.
Matthews told the South African Citizen: "Bongani wants to go to Europe, but he has a couple of work permit issues at the moment. Initially we brought him at the club just to keep fit our favour and respect of our former captain, he lifted the championship three times for me. If he does not have anywhere to go at the end of the transfer window, we won't hesitate to sign him back."
Matthews added: "He rejected a offer from the MLS, a very nice offer because he wants to play in Europe. I would battle to match that contract financially. Even if he stayed with us it will be with the understanding that it will be a very short contract. I am sniffing everyday, but we will not be signing Bongani.”
July 22, 2015
Griffith leaves Cumbrians
Ex-Rovers midfielder Anthony Griffith has left League Two club Carlisle United to "pursue options with other clubs".
Griffith made 11 appearances for Carlisle last season, but was told by boss Keith Curle that he would not be getting regular games next season.
Curle told Carlisle's official web site: "He wasn't going to get the pitch time he would want going forward and that we all feel he would need. We agreed that he would be better to go and get the football game time that he deserves elsewhere."
July 21, 2015
Rovers v Nottingham Forest
Doncaster Rovers' preparations for the new season continue this evening as they face Nottingham Forest at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Both clubs have just returned from trips abroad - Forest have been on a pre-season tour of Scandinavia, playing three matches during that time, while Rovers have been at a training camp in Portugal.
Rovers should include all of their new signings this evening as they look to step up their preparations, while they could well face former Rovers skipper Matt Mills, who has signed for Forest this summer.
Tickets for the game are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
July 21, 2015
Rovers sign Taylor-Sinclair
Paul Dickov unveiled his fifth signing of the summer yesterday when left back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair signed a two year contract. The 24 year old was still under contract at Wigan Athletic, but joined Rovers on a free transfer to get some first team football, and to re-establish his career after an injury disrupted season at Wigan.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: "He’s got a point to prove and he wants to play. He was still under contract at Wigan so he could have stayed there and picked up his money and got in the comfort zone. He’s got the bit between his teeth, he really wants to come and play football and I feel we’ve got a real talent here. We’re delighted to get him."
He added: "This time last year Aaron was a player out of contract in Scotland and we went and watched him at Partick Thistle probably seven or eight times that season. He had a lot of interest from a lot of big clubs and we just missed out on him. We actually tried to get him on loan in October time but he picked up an injury, funnily enough in the game I watched him play. We know a lot about him. He’s played a lot of games for someone who is only 24. He had a really big reputation in Scotland and I’m delighted to get him."
Aaron should make his Rovers debut this evening in the home game against Nottingham Forest.
July 21, 2015
Derby ticket update
Ex-Rovers youth team striker Lewis Ferguson is reported as being on trials at Mansfield Town, and has played in their pre-season game against Carlton Town.
In that game, in which Mansfield fielded a youthful side, he is reported as showing some "tidy touches" on the left wing and was only denied a shot on goal due to a well timed challenge in the penalty area.
The Stags' best chance in that game came from a free kick won by Ferguson as he was brought down on the edge of the penalty area.
July 21, 2015
Lewis tries out for Guiseley

Ex-Rovers striker Lewis Guy featured for Guiseley at the weekend as he tries to win a deal at a new club. He played in Saturday's 2-1 win at Brighouse Town and is likely to get another chance to impress in their final home friendly, against Bradford City this evening.
Guy had been hoping to win a contract at Barrow for the coming season, but was being made to wait before their management would be able to make a decision.

July 21, 2015
Maxted for QPR?
Former Rovers goalkeeper Jon Maxted is set for a surprising move this summer after his stint at Hartlepool United last season saw him fail to make a single first team appearance for the League Two strugglers.
He has been playing for Forest Green Rovers in some of their pre-season games, most notable in their game against Cardiff City, where he impressed with a "man of the match" performance, saving a penalty from Peter Whittingham.
If you believe the Gloucester Gazette, he is in line for a shock move to Queen's Park Rangers, although it could be dependent on whether Alex McCarthy leaves QPR to join Crystal Palace.
July 20, 2015
Goals review
In an assortment of pre-season friendlies played over the last few days, we note that James Hayter was one of the two goal scorers in Havant & Waterlooville's 2-0 win at Swindon Supermarine, although we note that former Rover Brian Stock was not included in their starting line-up for the game.
Also scoring on Saturday was former Rovers striker Jon-Paul Pittman, who scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute of Grimsby Town's goals in their 2-1 win at North Ferriby.
Defender Matt Mills opened the scoring for Nottingham Forest in their 3-0 win at Stevenage Borough, with what the Nottingham Post scored an "acrobatic" goal.
July 20, 2015
Andy joins Mariners
Ex-Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Andy Warrington has joined Grimsby Town as their new goalkeeping coach. Warrington, now aged 39, is on Rotherham United's Football in the Community staff, and played for the Millers in the 2012/13 season, in what proved to his last season for the club.
He will be in charge of putting Grimsby keepers James McKeown and Callum Bastock through their paces at training.
July 20, 2015
Wolves set to join chase for Johnstone
Preston North End may be waiting for the goalkeeping situation at Manchester United to be cleared before being able to progress with the loan transfer of ex-Rovers keeper Sam Johnstone, but they may now face competition from Wolves for his services.
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett is looking for a new keeper after Tomasz Kuszcak signed for Birmingham City, leaving only ex-Rove Carl Ikeme as a senior keeper at the club.
Johnstone spent a successful loan spell at Preston last season, who were waiting for Manchester United to confirm the future of David De Gea at the club before they would be willing to let Johnstone out on loan again.
July 20, 2015
Swindon check on Fabien
Swindon Town are considering making a move for former Rovers loanee Fabien Robert, and have taken him on trials with a view to him signing for the club.
Fabien, an attacking midfielder, played in their pre-season game against Everton, and is looking for a new club after being released by French club Lorient in the summer after a couple of injury-hit seasons in France.
He was on loan at Rovers for five months in 2012, when they were in the Championship.
July 17, 2015
Lewis leaves Oxford
Former Rovers assistant manager Mickey Lewis has left Oxford United as part of a club "reorganization". He has been at Oxford for eight years and earlier in his career, played more than 400 games for the club. He has been replaced by youth team manager Chris Allen. Fitness coach Alasdair Lane has also left the club after a three year stay.
Head coach Michael Appleton commented: "I would like to thank Mickey and Alasdair for their efforts during my first season here and wish them the very best for the future."
July 17, 2015
Keegan recovery "ahead of schedule"
Midfielder Paul Keegan is ahead of schedule as he recovers from a knee injury that cut short his 2014/15 season. He has been missing since March, but played the full first half of the recent game against Frickley, which was more than boss Paul Dickov had intended.
He told the Doncaster Star: "Keegs is probably ahead of where he should be. The plan for pre-season was to put him in and out of sessions and look after him a little bit. But Paul being Paul, he’s wanted to do every one. The plan was to only give him half an hour at Frickley but he felt good enough to play 45 minutes which was a big plus for us."
July 17, 2015
Fairhurst signs for Gulls
Ex-Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst has joined Torquay United. He was a free agent after his short spell at Macclesfield Town expired, but he is looking forward to his future on the south coast.
He posted on Twitter: "Signed and Sealed [with] Torquay United FC Can’t Wait To Start."
Torquay boss Paul Cox told the club's official web site: "This is an excellent signing for us. He has an excellent goal scoring record at this level and can play anywhere across the front-line or just behind the front-men. His work-rate is fantastic and he will be a real positive influence on those players around him."
July 17, 2015
Funeral arrangements for Brian Bradley
Details of the arrangements for Brian Bradley and his wife Judith have been announced.
The tragic couple were killed in a crash on the M1 earlier this month, and will have their funeral service at Sheffield Cathedral at noon on Wednesday, 22nd July.
Brian commentated for matches on the Rovers' web site during the club's non-league days and was a popular character throughout the local non-league scene.
The family have requested that no flowers are sent from non-family members, but anyone is welcome after the service to go to Sheffield United's ground on Bramall Lane, where there will be collection buckets for donations to four selected charities.
July 17, 2015
Reece still waits for an answer
Former Rovers defender Reece Wabara is still training with Rangers, but has not yet been given a contract by the Glasgow club.
Wabara left Rovers this summer in the hope of playing at a higher level of football than League One, but his hopes of moving to Rangers may be scuppered with news that Rangers are thinking of taking on Ryan Fredericks on a loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur.
July 16, 2015
Dickov - Chaplow sets the standard
Boss Paul Dickov has claimed that the signing of Richard Chaplow this summer is indicative of the type of player that he is continuing to try and sign for the club this summer.
Dickov is keen to toughen up Rovers this season after their play-off challenge faltered in the closing weeks of last season, and the players he has signed so far this summer are aimed at resolving that frailty.
He told the Doncaster Star: "The majority of our recruitment is centred on people with Richard’s experience. Players who know how to get into and stay in the top six. They need to push themselves, not just in matches but in training too and he leads by example and will drag other players along with him as well."
Chaplow ended last season on loan at Ipswich Town, where he was part of the squad that reached the play-offs, and that experience is key to what Rovers want from him this term.
July 16, 2015
Peterson signs for Boro'
Ex-Rovers youth team striker Alex Peterson is returning to Scarborough for the 2015/16 season after having a successful loan spell at the club last season.
Alex was released by Rovers this summer, and has opted to sign for ambitious Scarborough.
Boss Bryan Hughes told the Scarborough News: "Alex has said that he’s staying with us, which is fantastic news for us and the club. This means that we now have four very good and very different strikers, which is what we have been looking for. The task will be to keep them all happy, but we have a formation that could allow us to play all four at the same time. Alex could go to a League Two club or a Conference club and wait on the bench for his chance. But he enjoyed his football down here last season and hopefully he’ll want to do that again. It is hard when you are released by a league club because there are so many lads in the same situation. Sometimes you have to drop out of the league to move back up again. To have the likes of him, Tom Corner, Ryan Blott and Gary Bradshaw will be just fantastic."
July 16, 2015
Woods should be fit for new season
Ex-Rovers midfielder Michael Woods is on track to complete a remarkable recovery from a serious ankle injury sustained last season, and is set to be ready to start the new season for Hartlepool United after constant work with physio Ian Gallagher during the summer. He is a month ahead of schedule in his recovery from a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula, but has been joining in with pre-season training.
Boss Ronnie Moore told the Hartlepool Mail: "He’s pre-seasoned really well. He’ll have a chance of maybe starting, something we were not expecting, which is really pleasing. Buster (Gallagher) has done a helluva job with him."
"He’s in a position now where can he get himself back in the team. The opportunity is there like it is there and open for any player in pre-season. I’m just pleased he has a chance to start because it was a really nasty injury and the credit is down to him and Buster."
July 16, 2015
Pompey check out Theo
It could start to look like a "Rovers old boys" side at the rate things are going, with news that former Rovers striker Theo Robinson has been training with Portsmouth this summer, and played nearly half of their pre-season game against Havant & Waterlooville at the weekend.
He joins Kyle Bennett and Enda Stevens at Fratton Park, both of who also featured for Rovers last season.
It still remains uncertain as to whether Theo will sign, but Portsmouth boss Paul Cook said of his performance at the weekend: "I thought Theo was excellent. What he does is give you a buzz at the top end of the pitch where the first thing he does is close the man down. He gives you energy and life and had a couple of great chances. He has got to work on that but has a great goal scoring record."
"I do feel we need to bring in someone else at the top end of the pitch. Theo started training with us last week and is training really well. We will keep him with us, I think he has got to get fitter, you could see him blowing a little bit and late on we took him off to give the lads on the bench a run out."
Robinson spent the latter part of last season on loan at Scunthorpe United.