July 21, 2016
Rovers 2 Newcastle United 2
Two first half goals from Andy Williams gave Doncaster Rovers a half time lead, but two after the break by their north-east rivals, including one in the last minute of the game, saw the game end in an entertaining 2-2 draw.
More worrying for boss Darren Ferguson was the substitution of four players due to injury, with three of them being bad enough to raise fears that not only will they miss the rest of the pre-season preparations, but that they will also miss the start of the next season.
Rovers went in front in the 18th minute when Andy Williams scored from the penalty spot, which was a consequence of John Marquis being brought down in the area. Ross Etheridge did well to save from Adam Armstrong, and Rovers doubled their lead within a minute, breaking up the field to win a corner, from which Williams headed his second goal of the game.
Newcastle were a much more potent force in the second half, forcing Rovers back, with an Isaac Hayden shot beating goalkeeper Marko Marosi after taking a deflection.
And Perez equalised in the dying moments of the game, with Rovers down to ten men as a result of the numerous injuries.
Doncaster Rovers
Etheridge (Marosi 45), Wright (Lund 37), Alcock (McCormick 68), Butler, Middleton, Coppinger (Trialist 64), Evina (Garratt 45), Blair (Calder 45), Rowe (Mandeville 45, Fielding 60), Marquis (Pugh 64), Williams (Longbottom 64)
Newcastle United
Sels, Janmaat (Sterry 45), Mbemba (Saivet 67), Lascelles (Gámez 45), Anita (Dummett 45), Shelvey (Wijnaldum 79), Colback (Hayden 45), Ritchie (Gouffran 45), Armstrong (Thauvin 62), Aarons (Perez 45), Mitrovic (Gayle 45)
July 21, 2016
Four injuries a concern for Ferguson
Four players picked up injuries in last night's pre-season game against Newcastle United at the Keepmoat Stadium, with fears that three of them will miss the start of the coming season.
Darren Ferguson has least concern about Joe Wright, as he commented: "Out of the four, Joe Wright is probably the one we think will be fine. It’s a recurring injury that he’s had with his toe."
But youngster Joey McCormick dislocated his shoulder and was taken to hospital, with Ferguson revealing: "Young Joey has dislocated his shoulder and gone to hospital. He’s only just come back from dislocating his other shoulder so he’s understandably upset."
Harry Middleton and Craig Alcock are set to spent a while on the sidelines, both suffering ligament damage. Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press last night: "“Harry Middleton will have a scan. It looks like he’s done his knee ligaments and possibly more. Craig Alcock will have a scan as well. He’s done his ankle ligaments."
July 21, 2016
Button set to join Fulham
Reports from the London local press suggest that former Rovers loan goalkeeper David Button is set to leave Brentford to join West London rivals Fulham.
He has a year left on his Brentford contract, but the club and player have been unable to come close to an agreement to extend his stay at the club, so instead of allowing his contract to run down, they have allowed him to talk to Fulham, where he will expect to be their first choice keeper.
July 21, 2016
Ferguson plays down Green move
The appearance of midfielder Paul Green in a Rovers shirt for half of the game at Rossington Main has inevitably led to supporters wondering whether the Irish international will be making a return to Rovers. However, Darren Ferguson has moved to dampen expectations, stressing that Green is only training with Rovers until he finds a new club, with several League One clubs supposedly monitoring the situation.
Ferguson explained to the Doncaster Star: "He’s only training with us. I looked at what I needed today. He obviously played on Tuesday. I didn’t realise it would cause such a stir, Paul Green playing!"
"He’s a good player. There’s no doubt about his quality but he’s only training with us. He came in late in the day and it was a really a gesture, that he wanted to train with us and we’ve let him in to train with us to keep his fitness up. But he was never in my mind to sign because I thought he’d be tied up. He’s not, and he’s only training with us. And that’s no further forward than it was when he first came in the building really."
Green did not play in last Saturday's game against Middlesbrough as Ferguson wanted to check on other players, adding: "He just didn’t play because of numbers. And I think also, if we had any interest in signing him, if I keep playing him and we haven’t signed him then others can look at him. For everyone really, it’s best that he’s training with us at the moment and that’s all it is."
July 21, 2016
Robinson in trials at Rochdale
We note that former Doncaster Rovers striker Theo Robinson is on trials at Rochdale after his short stay at Port Vale, although Vale elected not to offer him a new deal in the summer. Prior to that, he had been playing in Scotland with Motherwell.
Robinson was one of three trialists to play for Rochdale in their friendly at Stockport County, playing 45 minutes of the game, going close to scoring with one shot cannoning off the cross bar.
He was released by Doncaster Rovers in May 2015.
July 19, 2016
"Meet the owners" tonight
There are still tickets available for this evening's "Meet the owners" event at the Keepmoat Stadium, which begins at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm.
It is the latest in a series of meetings which allows supporters to ask the owners of the club, along with Darren Ferguson and Gavin Baldwin, questions on their plans or to find out what is going on at the club.
Tickets for the event are free, but need to be reserved at the ticket office as there is a limited capacity in the meeting room at the stadium. Please enquire at the ticket office if you would like a ticket.
July 19, 2016
Chaplow turns out for Shakers
Midfielder Richard Chaplow, who was released by Doncaster Rovers this summer, featured for Bury on Saturday in their pre-season game against Blackburn Rovers. He also played for them in their 4-0 defeat against Morecambe in a three-team mini-tournament last week.
Richard left Rovers after exercising a clause in his contract which became active due to the club being relegated at the end of last season.
July 19, 2016
Ferguson asks for more
Darren Ferguson expected Middlesbrough to have most of the possession in Saturday's game at the Keepmoat Stadium, which is how it turned out, but there were times in the game when he was critical of the way his team played.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, the Rovers boss said: "I thought there were too many safe passes, too many people not taking chances in terms of going backwards too much and not playing forward. And these are the games, really, that you can do that it in. Of course, you don’t want to lose them but you’d rather lose this than a league game. I think it became very obvious that because we maybe tried one or two harder passes and didn’t keep it, we then became too negative I felt. Too safe."
"We spoke about it after the game about being braver on the ball. That’s certainly the one thing I would take out of the game. It was a good exercise for me to look at, when things perhaps weren’t going great in the game, how the players worked it out or didn’t work it out as was the case today. It’s something we really need to improve on.”
But the object of pre-season games is to prepare for the new season, and to be ready for the first league game in August. So Ferguson was happy with other aspects of Saturday's game, concluding; "We were against good opposition. There’s a lot of stuff we need to improve on, which is why these are good exercises. It’s the right time of the season to look at things in detail with the players and say ‘we don’t want you to do this and we don’t want you to do that.’ I would have to say after today there is more to improve on than there was good. But you have to look at these games in the right way. No injuries is a bonus."
July 19, 2016
Keegan battles back from injury - again
Midfielder Paul Keegan missed the last two months of last season due to a hamstring tear, and now he faces a race to be fit for the new season after suffering a thigh injury, which he picked up in the early days of pre-season training.
Boss Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "Paul just felt his thigh a little bit. It’s a different injury than the one he had last season. He’s worked all the way through the closed season with his own programme to get fit for pre-season. He just felt it on the first day unfortunately. He’s in the middle of his rehab now. Hopefully he doesn’t miss too much longer because pre-season is vital and you don’t want to miss any of it really."
Ferguson is already without new signing Mathieu Baudry, who has had an operation on an Achilles tendon injury which will mean he will miss the start of the new campaign.
July 19, 2016
Ferguson - evasive over plans for Green
Tongues were wagging after former Rovers midfielder Paul Green turned out for the pre-season game at Rossington Main last week, but boss Darren Ferguson is playing a straight bat on whether there is more to read into Green training with Rovers.
At the moment, the club is saying that Green is just training with them while he is without a club, but Ferguson would not commit to anything further.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, he said: "He’s definitely one to consider. I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not saying it’s definite. He’s only training with us at the moment. I have to make sure it’s the right decision, not in terms of the type of lad he is or the quality he’s got, but if he fits into it numbers-wise in terms of positional areas on the pitch."
"If we did do it, it might be a slightly different Paul Green to what we’ve seen before in terms of where he would play. His game has slightly changed. Greeny’s always been a bit of a runner, he runs from deep and gets goals. He could still do that but on Tuesday he sat in front of the back four and he’s a good player - everyone knows that. He’s got a great attitude and I’ve enjoyed working with him, so we’ll see."
"He’s a fans’ favourite," added Ferguson. "He’s definitely given me a lot to think about. The average age of the squad has gone down quite a bit but when you get senior pros like him and Coppinger and Butler, you can’t have enough of them."
July 18, 2016
Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 2
Middlesbrough had a fairly easy win at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday afternoon, which kept their unbeaten pre-season record going. Darren Ferguson had expected to have a different type of game to the opening pre-season fixture at Rossington, with their Premier League opponents having the majority of possession, and meaning that Rovers had to work hard at the off-the-ball side of their game.
After early possession, Boro' went in front in the 13th minute with a goal by Stewart Downing, who cut in from the right to fire home. Rovers kept a good shape from a defensive point of view, which should have pleased Darren Ferguson, and it took until the 82nd minute for Alex Pattison to score the visitors' second goal.
Little was seen of Rovers as an attacking force, and they only had two or three changes throughout the whole game, with Riccardo Calder's late shot saved by Boro' keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos. Earlier on, Rovers' best chance had fallen to Joseph Pugh, but his shot was saved by the visitors' goalkeeper.
It was a typical pre-season game, with both managers keen on getting their new players used to playing with their new colleagues, and of building up the fitness of their players - so from that point of view, both bosses should have been happy with the afternoon's work-out.
Doncaster Rovers: Etheridge (Marosi 46), Lund (Fielding 68), Garratt (Evina 46), Alcock, Butler, Middleton, Coppinger (Calder 46), Blair (McCormick 68), Rowe (Longbottom 46’), Pugh (Williams 46), Marquis (Mandeville 46
Middlesbrough (first half): Mejias, Nsue, Morris, Gibson, McGinley, Clayton, Forshaw, Carayol, Downing, De Pena, Nugent
Middlesbrough (second half): Konstantopoulos, Halliday, Friend, De Sart, Pattison, Baptiste, De Roon, Jackson, Reach, Fischer, Rhodes
July 18, 2016
Mandeville signs new contract
Young Doncaster Rovers striker Liam Mandeville has been rewarded for his hard work in the last few months by being handed a new three year contract with the club, which means he will now be at Rovers until the summer of 2019.
Mandeville made his first team debut in April 2015 after being with the Rovers' Academy since the age of 16, and has now made 13 appearances for the club, scoring his first goal at first team level against Walsall in February 2016.
He becomes the latest youth team player to be given his chance with the first team, with the likes of Harry Middleton and Mitchell Lund also now in the first team squad.
July 18, 2016
Rovers 'in talks with three' targets
There had been suggestions by Darren Ferguson that, perhaps apart from another one or two loan signings, his transfer activity was over for the summer. However, CEO Gavin Baldwin has revealed on BBC Radio Sheffield that they are in talks with three more players, including one more permanent signing.
It is of little surprise that Crystal Palace strike Keshi Anderson is one of the prospective loan signings, with Rovers continuing to sing his praises after a successful loan spell at the club was cut short due to injury.
The decision by Premier League teams of who will be in their first team squads are delaying matters, with lower league teams waiting to see which players miss out, and therefore are set to be available for loans.
Baldwin said on BBC Radio Sheffield last week: "We're talking to three players at the moment. Two loans. We're waiting for Premier League clubs to name their 25-man squads, which will make those conversations a lot easier. So I would doubt very much whether anyone comes in over the next few days because we're waiting on other clubs."
"Keshi's on that list," he added. "But what Darren wants to do is make sure that it's a player that fits the philosophy he wants to play. We've probably got a list of six players that he's actively interested in. He'll narrow that down and then we'll go and have a conversation with the clubs. It's no secret everyone at the club thinks the world of Keshi. We've got to monitor with Crystal Palace his fitness, because he had a significant injury when he was here, how his pre-season is going, and whether Palace are willing to let him out on that basis."
However, Rovers are still hoping that the transfer listed players - Thorsten Stuckmann, Dany N'Guessan and Billy Whitehouse - will be moving on shortly, which will help the prospects of future signings.
July 18, 2016
Husband dislocates shoulder
Former Doncaster Rovers defender James Husband has dislocated his shoulder while playing for Middlesbrough in their preseason game last week against York City.
Husband spent most of last season out on loan at Fulham and Huddersfield Town and was hoping to press his case for first team action at Boro' this season, with ex-Rover George Friend the only other recognised left back at the club.
Boss Aitor Karanka admitted that James Husband's serious injury overshadowed Middlesbrough's 6-0 win at York, and suggested that it is inevitable that he will miss the start of the new season.
July 16, 2016
Rovers v Middlesbrough
Darren Ferguson is well aware that this afternoon's game against Middlesbrough will provide a different set of tests for his newly formed Doncaster Rovers side as they continue to prepare for the 2016/17 season.
With Boro', newly promoted to the Premier League, Rovers will probably have the opportunity to concentrate on the defensive side of their game, with Ferguson explaining: "It’ll be different to the game on Tuesday, we will need to do a lot more defensive work for them because they will probably have a lot more of the ball. We'll work on things that hopefully they’ll take into the game but we also hope well see certain things from the Rossington game as well."
There did not appear to be any new injury concerns after the Rossington game, but Luke McCullough should come into contention after being given some time off last week due to his involvement in the Euro 2016 finals with Northern Ireland.
Ferguson is happy with the progress of the squad so far, saying after the Rossington match: "We played two teams, both teams really pleased me but it was a fitness exercise at the end of the day. It doesn’t look like we picked up any knocks or anything so that’s always good. The goals were very good, quality goals so that was pleasing so it was a good night.”
He added: "The way they’ve gone about it and the work ethic was very, very good and one or two of the things we worked on we could clearly see on the pitch so that was pleasing. The opposition really is irrelevant, you’re always looking at the standards you set and I thought the way the lads went about it was very good."
July 16, 2016
Copps - a new era at Rovers
James Coppinger may be about to start his 13th season at Doncaster Rovers, but he is optimistic that the club will benefit from a completely new start in League Two, which he hopes will send the club back on an upward path.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, he said: "What happened last season has given the club an opportunity to rebuild. I think the season before last wasn’t brilliant, although we stayed in the league. For me now though it feels like a new era for the club. It’s a new start. We were sort of still riding on the fact that we were in the Championship a season ago (2014/15). Whereas now it’s Doncaster Rovers in League Two. We’re rebuilding and we want a return to those days, but we can’t look back, we need to look forward."
"The club has an opportunity to re-structure and go forward under a new manager. The owners, the people in charge and the management have done a fantastic job over the summer, now it’s up to the players to build on that and take things forward."
He added: "There’s a freshness down at the training ground and things have changed down there a bit. It looks like a different place and when you go in you get a different feel. It’s always good to come in and feel like things are moving forwards. It needed to be done I think."
July 16, 2016
Parkin leaves Forest Green
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Jon Parkin has left Forest Green Rovers after terminating his contract "by mutual consent".
The 34 year old striker joined Forest Green from Fleetwood Town in 2014 and scored 44 goals in 96 appearances for the club.
The Forest Green manager, Mark Cooper, told the BBC: "I think he understands [that his exit] is just football, we need to evolve and change things. He's been great with the younger players and will continue to train with us for the rest of the week."
July 16, 2016
Tadcaster deny Ingham approach
Tadcaster Albion manager Billy Miller has denied that the club are set to sign former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Michael Ingham after his departure from York City, where he had been for eight seasons.
York boss Jackie McNamara had earlier confirmed that the keeper had agreed to join Albion's coaching set-up, but Miller has now denied the move.
He told the Harrogate Advertiser: "I’ve never even spoken to Michael. He is looking to go into the coaching side of the game and the business is ideal for him. But that and the football club is two separate entities. At this moment in time there’s no story. Nobody has spoken to him about coming to Tadcaster."
July 16, 2016
Ex-Rovers contingent grows at Scarborough
The number of former Doncaster Rovers players who will be playing at Scarborough Athletic in the coming season continues to grow, with winger Craig Nelthorpe being the latest signing by the club who have passed through the ranks at Rovers.
Nelthorpe joins the club from Evo-Stik Premier Division side Matlock Town, with the former York City, Gateshead and Harrogate Town player linking up with the Boro squad just before the start of pre-season training. The 29-year-old can also play on the left side of defence as well as in midfield.
He joins former Rovers players Paul Robson, Callum Terrell and Jamie Price at the club.
July 15, 2016
Newport game date change
Doncaster Rovers' away game at Newport County has been brought forward from Saturday, 11th February to Friday, 10th February, with the game now kicking off at 7:45pm.
The game has been moved due to Wales' 6-Nations rugby match against England in Cardiff which is scheduled for the Saturday afternoon.
July 15, 2016
Ferguson pleased with Rossington game
Darren Ferguson was pleased with the way that the game against Rossington Main went on Tuesday evening, with no injuries reported as a result of the game, with the performance pleasing him.
The inclusion of Paul Green has set tongues wagging, and the inclusion of Riccardo Calder after confirmation of his loan deal from Aston Villa was another promising element.
He said after the game: "I’m really pleased. We played two different teams obviously and it’s a fitness exercise at the end of the day, but it doesn’t look like we picked up any knocks. They were good. We knocked it about quickly, like we wanted. Certain things we worked on they did well and we scored some good goals. The quality of the goals was very good so that was pleasing. It was a good night. The standard of the opposition is irrelevant really. I was pleased with how the lads went about it."
July 15, 2016
Free for the kids tomorrow
Doncaster Rovers have reminded supporters that children under the age of 16 will be able to watch the home friendlies against Middlesbrough and Newcastle United free of charge - as long as they are accompanying a full paying adult.
Ticket prices for those two games have been confirmed as:
Adults £10 - Concessions (17-21 and 60+) £5 - Juniors (16 & under) £1 (free with a full paying adult).
Saturday's game kicks off at 3pm, while Wednesday's game against Newcastle kicks off at 7:45pm.
July 15, 2016
The Beast joins Wycombe
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has joined League Two club Wycombe Wanderers on a one year contract. The giant forward had been released by AFC Wimbledon at the end of last season - but had the perfect ending to his time at the club by scoring their vital penalty which gave them promotion in the play-off final against Plymouth at Wembley in May.
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth told Wycombe's official club web site: "Bayo has had a phenomenal career and still has plenty to offer, not just on the pitch but also in the changing room because of his character and real leadership qualities. He's kept himself fit over the summer and joins the squad at a perfect time just as we're heading out to France for a pre-season training camp which will help everyone get to know each other better and enable us to put more plans in place for the year ahead."
Akinfenwa as unveiled as Wycombe's new signing at the club's new home kit launch, and he immediately joined the squad for their pre-season trip to France.
That trip, perhaps, did not go as well as he may have hoped - he was sent off while playing a friendly game against Le Havre on Tuesday after getting involved in a scuffle after an opponent shoved Wycombe's Luke O'Nein to the ground.
July 15, 2016
Promotion is paramount
The only aim for Doncaster Rovers this season is to get promoted, says boss Darren Ferguson.
He has stressed that his object is to overhaul the club from top to bottom, to ensure the players come up from the junior levels to the first team - but accepts that this season that will have to be more in the background as the first team chase an immediate return to League One.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star last week, he said: "How I like to manage a club is to make sure there’s a good structure in place. And I’m still trying to do that all the way from the bottom to the top. But I have to make it clear that the full focus has to be on us getting promoted this season. Then we build from there."
Rovers have been installed as the second favourites for promotion next season behind Portsmouth.
CEO Gavin Baldwin has reiterated the club's hopes for the coming season, adding: "I’d like to think the recruitment we’ve done this summer has been good. We’ve definitely strengthened the squad and it gives us a chance. We will fully respect the league. It’s not going to be easy at all. No one is saying it is. But there’s no getting away from the fact the everyone here expects the same thing."
July 14, 2016
Baudry set to miss start of season
New Rovers signing Mathieu Baudry is expected to miss the start of the new season after having an operation on an Achilles tendon injury this week.
The defender has been troubled with the injury from the start of pre-season training, and the decision was made to have the operation which is expected to mean he will not be available for the start of the league campaign.
Boss Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "Mathieu Baudry has had an operation on his Achilles which is obviously not good news. He’ll probably miss the start of the season."
However, he moved to reassure fans that Joe Wright, another new signing to miss the Rossington game due to injury, will be fit soon, by adding: "Joe Wright hopefully should be okay for the Newcastle game, and he’s got a chance for Middlesbrough. He’s just got a little tweak in his groin, that’s not a serious one at all. But Baudry is certainly going to be a little bit longer."
It has previously been reported that Paul Keegan has a 'niggle', but it now appears that striker Gary McSheffrey will not return to full training for around ten days with an unspecified injury.
July 14, 2016
Ferguson to carry the weight of expectation
Darren Ferguson is well aware that there is an expectation that Doncaster Rovers will be challenging for promotion this season, and is prepared to deflect criticism from all quarters if things do not instantly go according to plan.
He admits that it took the players some time to get over the disappointment of relegation, but that is now behind them and he is looking forward.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "I think it took the players a little while to get their heads round the fact we’ve been relegated. But that’s gone now and we hope we don’t have to keep on going back to that. The only reason you’d have to keep going back to that is if your results don’t pick up. That’s for me to carry. This season I’ll be carrying that on my own shoulders - which is quite right because it is my team now. I’ve got the ones I wanted to recruit and I fully understand the expectations on me and I’m fine with that."
If Rovers do not get off to a good start, he accepts that he will be under pressure, adding: "We need to get off to a good start for no other reason than to keep the positivity we’ve got at the moment. I’m not talking about myself here, I’m talking about the club. I’m not saying if we don’t start well I’m going to feel under pressure. Not at all. I don’t look into things like that. Common sense tells you that anyway. It’s about momentum. We’ve got to start the season well. That doesn’t mean we’ve got to win our first ten games, but we need to make sure we start well, play good football, and really get on the front foot."
July 14, 2016
McCullough back after holiday
Rovers defender Luke McCullough returns to training today after being given some extra leave due to his involvement with the Northern Ireland squad in the Euro 2016 finals in France.
Although McCullough did not make it off the bench in France, the training and travel demands during that time has persuaded Darren Ferguson to give him some extra time to have a summer break.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press: "Luke will be back in on July 14. I’ve given him some more time off. He will be back and that will be a bonus for us. I had a good chat with him and I’ve given him some time off because he’s been training every day nearly. He needs a break. Mentally, it will have taken something out of him in that sort of tournament. He’ll be back on the Thursday after the Rossington game. We’ll obviously have to build him up accordingly."
July 14, 2016
Beardsley joins Burton
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Chris Beardsley has joined Burton Albion as their new fitness coach, replacing Jack Sharkey, their "head of sport science", who left to join former Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink a couple of weeks ago.
Beardsley has most recently been playing for Mansfield Town, who were keen for him to sign a new playing contract, but the 32 year old has elected to call time on his playing career to take up his new role.
Burton boss Nigel Clough told the Derby Telegraph: "Chris Beardsley has come in. He's in his early 30s, he's a local lad and into the sports science and fitness side of things. We're delighted he's come on board and he's fitted straight in, to replace Jack. He'll work alongside (physio) Nick Fenton."
Fenton is, of course, a former Doncaster Rovers defender who has been working at Burton Albion for some time.
July 14, 2016
Now Swindon are keen on Keshi
Young Crystal Palace striker Keshi Anderson is a man in demand, if newspaper reports this summer are anything to go by.
It has already been reported that Oxford United, MK Dons, Shrewsbury Town, Northampton Town, Port Vale and Gillingham are monitoring the situation, and now Swindon Town are showing an interest, with the club believing that their "progressive style of football could nudge them towards the front of the queue," claim the Gazette & Herald.
Anderson was on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season until he broke his leg while playing against Rochdale, and Darren Ferguson also holds out hopes of re-signing the 21 year old on loan this season.
July 13, 2016
Rossington Main 0 Rovers 4
Doncaster Rovers cruised to a comfortable win over Rossington Main yesterday evening, with Darren Ferguson sticking to his word of fielding two different sides in the outfield positions in each half, with only goalkeeper Ross Etheridge playing the whole game.
Missing from the Rovers squad for the game were Joe Wright, Mathieu Baudry, Paul Keegan, Gary McSheffrey and Marko Marosi, along with Luke McCullough, who has been given extra time off after being part of the Northern Ireland squad in Euro 2016 this summer.
Rovers looked quite impressive, although it was former Rovers midfielder Paul Green who caught the eye in the opening 45 minutes, showing a quality that Rovers could do with next season.
Rovers kept Rossington penned back in their own half, with James Coppinger and Green combining well in midfield, which was notably a 'diamond' formation which Ferguson tried with varying degrees of success last season.
New striker John Marquis saw a shot blocked by Main goalkeeper Ryan Musselwhite, but Rovers then went ahead on 15 minutes, with James Coppinger's curled free kick evading everyone to score.
The lead was doubled seven minutes later, with Coppinger the provider, with his corner volleyed home by Will Longbottom, who was playing at the 'tip' of Ferguson's midfield diamond.
Ten changes were made at half time, with first team players augmented by a few from the youth team, but the pattern of the game remained the same, and it was of little surprise when Rovers went 3-0 up two minutes after the break with Tommy Rowe finishing well after latching on to a long ball.
Andy Williams took advantage of some poor marking to bag Rovers' fourth - which ended a most satisfactory opening game for Darren Ferguson's men.
Doncaster Rovers (first half): Etheridge, Lund, Barker, Alcock, Garratt, Green, Coppinger, Calder, Longbottom, Mandeville, Marquis
Doncaster Rovers (second half): Etheridge, Walker, Butler, Fielding, Evina, Middleton, Blair, James, Rowe, Pugh, Williams
July 13, 2016
Green makes surprise appearance
While the overall performance by Doncaster Rovers in last night's game at Rossington Main was very satisfactory, with some promising glimpses from the Rovers new boys, it was the prospect of the return of an "old boy" that grabbed the supporters' attention.
Midfielder Paul Green made a surprise appearance for the first half of the game eight years after playing his last game for the club, which was the League One play-off final against Leeds United at Wembley, which saw Rovers promoted to the Championship.
Most recently, Paul has been with Rotherham United, but was not offered a new contract at the end of last season.
The official line is that Green has requested to train with Rovers while he finds a new club, but his performance yesterday got supporters hoping that he may yet make a return to Rovers, with a quality performance belying the fact that he is now 33 years old.
July 13, 2016
Calder returns to Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that Aston Villa midfielder Riccardo Calder has returned to the club after impressing Darren Ferguson during a two month spell with the club towards the end of last season.
Calder has signed a loan deal that lasts until the January transfer window, and is of little surprise after the Rovers boss has spoken on a number of occasions about his hopes of signing the player on loan again.
It marks Rovers' ninth signing of the summer - although the first loan deal to be announced.
Speaking last week, Ferguson had said of the prospect of Riccardo's return: "We’re going to try to get a player in on loan and if we can, Riccardo Calder will probably be the one. He knows what we’re all about and I think he’s keen on coming back to us. We’ll have to wait and see on that one. With Richard Chaplow going, it leaves a space that needs filling. We were hoping to get someone in on a permanent but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be now so it’ll probably be a loan. That’s the sort of direction we’ll be going down."
July 13, 2016
Moussa signs for Walsall
Former Doncaster Rovers loan midfielder Franck Moussa has signed for Walsall on a one year contract after his short term deal with Southend United expired at the end of last season.
He had been involved in negotiations to stay at Southend, but with a couple of other clubs interested in signing him, he eventually decided to move to the Saddlers.
Speaking to Walsall's club web site after signing, Franck said: "I'm really pleased to have signed and I feel this is a club where I will fit in nicely. I feel this is a big season for me. A lot of trust and confidence has been put in me to perform and I really want to do that and hopefully we can have success as a team."
Moussa's deal has the option of a one year extension.
July 13, 2016
Birmingham Airport let Saunders off
Former Rovers boss Dean Saunders was facing a four-figure parking charge for leaving his car in the short-stay car park at Birmingham Airport as he flew out to work for the BBC as part of their Euro 2016 coverage. The unexpected success of the Wales team, which saw them reach the semi-finals, meant that Saunders was in France for much longer than he had anticipated - and saw the bill for his parked car rapidly rising over the £1,000 mark.
However, Birmingham Airport have decided to waive the 'fine', but invited Saunders to make a donation to charity.
A spokesman for Birmingham Airport said: "To soften the blow, we've waived Dean's fee and invited him to make a donation to charity. The team made Wales proud."
July 12, 2016
Rossington Main v Rovers
The pre-season campaign gets underway this evening when Doncaster Rovers make the short trip to face Rossington Main.
Tickets are still on sale at £6 for adults and £3 for concessions, with the match kicking off at 7:45pm.
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is planning to give all his fit players 45 minutes for both this evening's game, and for Saturday's game against Middlesbrough, with the emphasis on building up match fitness throughout the squad.
The squad returned from their training camp in Scotland yesterday, with midfielder Paul Keegan unlikely to take part tonight after picking up a new injury on the first day of pre-season training. Defender Luke McCullough may also not take part, as he has been granted extra time off after being on international duty with Northern Ireland in the Euro 2016 finals in France.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "We look to make sure the players get match fitness in these games and also that they understand what we’ve been working on. The third thing, and probably the most important, is that we don’t get any injuries."
"The key to any pre-season is having a fully fit squad at the end of it. They understand what we’ve worked on is key also and making sure we see enough of that. It’s about getting up to speed before the first game of the season at Accrington."
He added: "The Rossington and Middlesbrough games, ideally all the players will get 45 minutes. There will be two different teams in both of those games and then Newcastle, we’ll probably look to get more time on the pitch for some of them. Everyone that is fit will feature at Rossington. Hopefully we’ve got enough bodies to allow that to happen. In an ideal world we’ll have 20 outfield players and I might include one or two kids if we don’t get any more in. That’s fine because we are taking one or two to Scotland, those who I think will be quite prominent from youth level."
July 12, 2016
Rovers still waiting for movement on transfer listed three
Doncaster Rovers are still hoping that three remaining transfer listed players will find new clubs before much longer, with Thorsten Stuckmann, Dany N'Guessan and Billy Whitehouse all remaining on the club's books for the moment.
All three were told to find new clubs at the end of last season, with Rovers keen to get them off the wage bill after signing replacements already.
Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "We’re hopeful that something happens with Stuckmann and N’Guessan. There were one or two things that were close for Thorsten but nothing concrete. We’ll see what happens with him. There was a bit of interest. But there’s nothing really concrete with Dany. We’ll keep trying to move those things along."
Ferguson added: "Curtis going to Portsmouth was an important one because his salary was quite high. We saved a bit of money there. The fee fits in to level off the budget off which is an important one because we can’t just keep buying because we’ve got a budget. We’re in a good position now and the pleasing thing is we’ve managed to get eight new players in."
July 12, 2016
Bowery moves to Orient
Former Rovers loan striker Jordan Bowery was unveiled as the eighth signing of the summer by League Two club Leyton Orient last week. Bowery was released by Oxford United at the end of last season after a short stay with the U's. The 25 year old strike has scored 30 goals in 197 appearances, starting his career at Chesterfield before moving on for a two year spell at Aston Villa, from where he was loaned to Rovers.
He then signed for Rotherham United in 2014, but was transferred to Oxford United during the January 2016 transfer window.
Bowery is understood to have signed a two year contract with the option of a further twelve months.
July 12, 2016
Rovers voted against Trophy reform
Rovers CEO Gavin Baldwin has confirmed that Doncaster Rovers voted against the new format of the EFL Trophy, which was previously called the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
The existing form has been replaced by one of 16 regional groups of four clubs for the opening round, which will include Under-23 teams from Premier League clubs - something which supporters are reported to have reacted angrily to, with the fear that the move is a first step to allowing Premier League reserve sides into the Football League.
But money seems to speak loudest of all, with the Premier League clubs offering an extra £1 million in prize money. From what we understand, one Premier League side will be put in each of the 16 regional groups.
Baldwin revealed Rovers' stance by telling the Doncaster Free Press: "Votes for, two thirds of the room went up. Votes against, it doesn’t make any difference then because it’s already been voted through. It went through on a simple majority."
He added: "Our position was that we didn’t support it. We were concerned that there’s a Whole Game Solution being presented which involves the move to five leagues on the basis of reducing fixture congestion, yet at the same time you are potentially playing more games in the EFL Trophy. Also we were concerned about the impact of having effectively B-teams from the Premier League in there and playing those. Therefore our stance was we wouldn’t support it or didn’t want to support it."
He added: "It was very clear at the Football League meeting, with the vote, that the majority did. There are still conversations going on about how many first team players have to appear etc etc. So we’re trying to, appropriately behind the scenes, affect that conversation now. I wouldn’t want this to come across flippantly but if other teams can play their under-21s, Darren should have the flexibility to play exactly the players he wants to play."
"Our position was that we didn’t like it. However, we understand it is now going to happen in some form so we’re trying to influence the form that it will take to best support the aims of this club. Our primary concern is the Football League rather than the cups."
Under present arrangements, the Premier League academies will be able to field teams aged under 23, with up to four over-age players.
July 11, 2016
Finances in good shape
CEO Gavin Baldwin has revealed that "Club Doncaster" is in good financial shape, but has admitted that Rovers' relegation to League Two means that the primary focus for the coming year is to regain League One status at the first attempt.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, he revealed: "What we believe is that the club has been very strong in producing financial revenues and commercial sponsorship but our strike product [the football team] wasn’t good enough. Therefore all emphasis this year is on our strike product, which is getting us promoted and creating the momentum which will give us the best chance of reaching the Championship."
"All focus of any spare monies or revenues that are generated are being given to the first team to get us promoted. I think it’s created this focus and emphasis in everyone’s minds that our strike product is football and we need to put every bit of money we’ve got into that to secure ourselves the best possible chance of getting promoted."
"The Dons make a profit so they don’t hurt us at all," he added. "The Foundation makes a clear profit, and the stadium is doing very well now. Those monies go across to the football. But also the owners have put considerable monies in as well because, you’ve seen the type of players coming in, they don’t come cheap."
July 11, 2016
Curle denies link with Akinfenwa
Carlisle United boss Keith Curle has denied newspaper reports that former Rovers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa could be on his way to Brunton Park this summer. The giant striker is out of contract this summer after leaving AFC Wimbledon, and has also been linked with moves to Australia and the Far East.
But Curle told the News & Star: "I’d never say never, and I’m aware he’s available, but that’s as far as it’s gone with me. I’ve got the released list from every club, and he [Akinfenwa] is not someone I’ve actively spoken to, likewise his representatives. I’m aware of his capabilities and assets that he brings, and all that he’s got, but it’s not something I’ve pursued at the minute."
July 11, 2016
Southend keep talking to Franck
Progress in Southend United persuading ex-Rovers loanee Franck Moussa to sign a new contract is slow - but after making an offer to the player, negotiations are continuing with the hope that he will stay at the club.
A Southend club spokesman told the Southend Echo: "We’ve made an offer to Franck and his agent has now come back with a counter offer. We’ve taken that on board and will be replying to it soon."
Moussa, who came up through Southend's youth system, returned to the club in March, but only made his first appearance in their final game of the season after taking a lengthy period to regain full fitness after injury.
July 11, 2016
Tyler - time was right to move
New Rovers signing Tyler Garratt has revealed that he thinks it was time to move on from Bolton, with the prospect of joining a club "on the up" contrasting with the situation at Rovers - despite both clubs suffering relegation this summer.
With a higher expectation of playing first team football at Rovers, and a serious promotion challenge this season, Tyler had little hesitation in moving to South Yorkshire, closer to his home town of Lincoln.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "Everything feels like it’s on the up here at Doncaster, not like where I was. I got a call from my agent when I was in Spain and I came straight back to talk to the manager. Everything looked positive, and the manager knew exactly what he wanted from me and where he wanted me to fit in. We’re looking to push for promotion and I wanted to be part of that."
"I think the move came as a bit of a surprise to everyone apart from me really. I’ve thanked everyone at Bolton. The fans there were great. But it was the right time to move on."
Garratt will compete with Cedric Evina for the left back spot in the Rovers side, with the 19 year old highly confident that he can make his mark.
July 10, 2016
Mansfield kick-off changed
Doncaster Rovers and Mansfield Town have announced that the kick-off for the game at the One Call Stadium on Saturday, 31st December has been changed.
It was originally slated for a 3pm start, but Nottinghamshire Police have "advised" that the kick-off is brought forward to 12.15pm.
Rovers will be facing Mansfield Town for the first time since February 2004 - the year Rovers won the Division Three title under the managership of Dave Penney.
Ticket information for the game will be confirmed closer to the date of the fixture.
July 10, 2016
Rovers hold "Meet the Owners"
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they will hold the latest in their series of "Meet the Owners" events at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday, 19th July, which will run between 7pm and 8.30pm.
It will give the Rovers supporters the opportunity to put questions to the Rovers' board of directors, along with CEO Gavin Baldwin and first team manager Darren Ferguson.
As for previous "Meet the owners" evenings, if you wish to attend, you will need a ticket, due to the limited capacity of the room in the stadium. Tickets are free of charge and are now available from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
July 10, 2016
Shrews linked with move for Anderson
Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson may have been hoping that Crystal Palace Keshi Anderson would return to the club for another loan deal, but it now seems that he faces competition from Shrewsbury Town, who are reported to be "heading the queue" for Anderson's services.
Keshi had a loan spell at Rovers last season, which was cut short when he broke his leg while playing against Rochdale. He is highly rated by Palace boss Alan Pardew, but now that Anderson has recovered from his broken leg, another loan move looks likely before he will be in a position to challenge for a first team place at Selhurst Park.
Shrewsbury fancy their chances of landing his signature due to a relationship between the two clubs garnered when Sullay Kaikai was at the club.
Also reported to be interested in a move for Anderson are Oxford United, MK Dons, Northampton Town, Port Vale and Gillingham.
July 10, 2016
Rovers in Scotland as part of pre-season preparation
The Doncaster Rovers squad are in the middle of a five-day training camp at the University of Stirling as part of their preparation for the new season.
Although no matches have been organised for their time in Scotland, Darren Ferguson is keen to use the trip as a way of integrating the new players into the squad, although the facilities were what persuaded Ferguson to take Rovers north.
He told the Doncaster Free Press before they left for Scotland on Thursday: "We’ll be together 24/7, just getting away from everything for a few days. The new lads have settled in really well. They’re good lads with good personalities about them. That’s what we wanted to bring into the building. The group has got a good feeling about it and it’s about getting that togetherness in terms of when they’re doing the hard stuff, that they drag each other along. That’s been been very evident so far."
He added: "Training camps are very important. It’s a change of scenery. We’re not having any games there, just the training. It’s too early for games. The facilities up there are very good. The pitches are excellent, there’s gyms, swimming pools, everything we need. That’s the important bit."
The full first team squad, along with youth team graduates Reece Fielding and Will Longbottom, have travelled, including midfielder Paul Keegan, who picked up a minor injury on the first day of pre-season training at Cantley Park.
July 10, 2016
Forte joins Magpies
Former Doncaster Rovers loan striker Jonathan Forte has signed for League Two club Notts County after rejecting a new deal offered by Oldham Athletic.
Forte has been at County on three previous occasions, with loan spells in 2008, 2009 and 2012 - but this time the move is a permanent transfer, with the appointment of former Oldham Athletic boss John Sheridan a key factor in him making the move.
Jonathan told the Nottingham Post: "The gaffer is here who I had at Oldham and I really enjoyed being under him. I love Notts County and I think I have done well for them before and felt it was the right time to come back. I've got a lot more experience and I can bring a lot more to the table. I am a Sheffield lad so the location is good and I like Notts County. Hopefully I can do well for them."
July 9, 2016
Big spending Rovers intent on promotion
CEO Gavin Baldwin reckons that Doncaster Rovers will have the biggest budget in League Two apart from promotion favourites Portsmouth.
The Rovers budget will be close to that available to the team manager for last season - although wage cuts have been applicable to all those who have stayed on from last season, with some likely to have cuts as large as 50%.
Baldwin told the Doncaster Free Press: "The budget will be on par with the League One budget, It’s easy for clubs to say this, and clubs have said it in the past, but quite genuinely if we haven’t got the second or third highest budget in League Two we’d be very, very surprised. We probably expect to sit just behind Portsmouth with their playing budget. We’d be surprised if anyone else has been given the same resources as us to get the promotion we’re after."
July 9, 2016
Jones looks forward to coaching role
Ex-Rovers defender Rob Jones is hoping that he will be able to pass on some of his extensive experience when he takes on a role which, as well as continuing to play for the first team, will involve coaching the Hartlepool United youngsters in the Under-14's of their academy.
Jones told the Hartlepool Mail: "I have had two years with the Under-21s at Doncaster and I have coached at every club I have been at, whether it be Under-21s or younger. They have given me the Under-14s this season which is great for me and gets me back out coaching. Hopefully I can influence a number of players under my wing and they can move forward."
"It is important to look at what you want to do next, put things in place and enjoy it. I also want to give something back. Playing is first and foremost but if I can influence an individual in a positive way then I have done my job. At the moment, I am just concentrating on playing though. Once I can’t do that anymore, then I will decide what to do."
July 9, 2016
Stewart could get Tractor Boys chance
It seemed as though the future of Cameron Stewart at Ipswich Town was over, as he was allowed to join Doncaster Rovers on loan for the whole season. At the end of the campaign, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy stated that Stewart was available for transfer and that he was expected to move on during the summer break.
However, Cameron was still at the club when Ipswich returned for pre-season training, and has impressed McCarthy since then.
McCarthy reported: "There’s been a bit of interest in him, but he’s done his bleep test and he’s come back really fit this time, so I didn’t have to fall out with him! If he’s of that mind and he wants to work hard and be involved in the squad and be fit then I’ll take him to Ireland and we’ll see because he’s got ability. But there has been a bit of interest in him."
Asked whether the slate had now been wiped clean, he added: “Not quite a clean slate, clean-ish. He came back on the first day and did well, so that’s the first day, but he’s got a lot of work to do. I’d love him to do it and to be a success, but that’s down to him.”
July 9, 2016
Owls quoted £15m for McCormack
Sheffield Wednesday are one of several clubs to be reported to be attempting to sign Fulham striker Ross McCormack. There is stiff competition to sign the former Rovers loanee, with the Sheffield Star reporting that the Owls have had a £11.5 million bid turned down.
The Cottagers paid Leeds United £11 million for him two years ago, and are reported to be wanting £15 million for the Scot, who scored 23 goals in 49 appearances for a struggling Fulham side last season.
July 7, 2016
Easter game changed
Doncaster Rovers have announced that their League Two fixture at Colchester United has been brought forward 24 hours to Good Friday, which is 14th April. The game will kick off at 3pm.
Rovers will be at home to Blackpool on Easter Monday (17th April), which also has a 3pm kick-off.
The club are yet to announce any further amendments to the fixture list issued by the Football League last month.
July 7, 2016
Baldwin admits Rovers complacency
Rovers CEO, Gavin Baldwin, has admitted in an interview with the Doncaster Free Press that the club were probably over confident of their position in January, and as a result took their eye of the ball as far as planning for the rest of the season was concerned.
Baldwin said: "You look back to January and, probably as a club, we were driving away from the Stoke [FA Cup] game probably patting ourselves on the back and thinking ‘we’re all right here’. We got invited to the play-offs meeting with the Football League, thought we were doing all right, and it went horribly wrong. That’s probably one thing we have to take on the chin. We were quite happy with how we were performing. That’s probably the biggest lesson."
Rovers then went on a horrendous sequence of matches without a win, that saw the club slump from the fringes of the challenge for the play-offs to become embroiled in the relegation battle.
He added that the intention of the early backing of Darren Ferguson and activity in the transfer market shows that the club are intent on bouncing back up the league as quickly as possible.
Gavin added: "We did it slightly differently this year in that Darren presented the team to the board that he thought would get promoted and then we created the budget from there. Whereas before we might have said ‘you’ve got X available’ and worked backwards from there, we actually worked forwards from which players do we actually want and which players are going to get us promoted."
"The owners have been successful in business throughout their lives and this hurt them. They don’t want it again and they’ve tasked Darren and myself with making sure it doesn’t happen again."
July 7, 2016
Ben signs on again at Posh
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has signed a new contract at Peterborough United, which will keep the 29 year old at the club for a further three seasons.
Alnwick joined United in July 2014 after leaving Leyton Orient, with Peterborough boss, Grant McCann, saying: "He is one of the best keepers in the league in my opinion and I am pleased he has signed.
He has only recently returned to training after missing the later stages of the 2015/16 season due to injury.
July 7, 2016
Ingham leaves Minstermen
Long-serving goalkeeper Michael Ingham has finally left York City after a stay that stretches back to a loan spell at the club in 2003 before permanently signing for the club in 2008. Since then, the former Rovers stopper has gone on to make 328 senior appearances for the club, and is within four of the club's clean-sheet record of 120, which is held by Tommy Forgan.
Born in Preston, Michael has also played for Hereford United, Wrexham and Cliftonville, as well as loans at Doncaster Rovers, Darlington, Stockport County, Stoke City and Carlisle United.
July 6, 2016
Spurr joins Preston
Former Doncaster Rovers left back Tommy Spurr has agreed a three year contract with Preston North End after turning down the opportunity to stay at Blackburn Rovers, where he has been for the last three years.
The 28 year old recently signed at Deepdale, despite new Blackburn boss Owen Coyle reversing a previous club decision and offered him a new deal at Ewood Park.
Spurr said after signing at Preston: "It's exciting to be a part of something and feel wanted. Preston have given me that opportunity and I'm delighted to get it done. As soon as Preston showed their interest, the way they played last year and the information I got from the gaffer about the type of group there is here, it really appealed to me. I'm delighted to have signed and I'm looking forward to getting started this week. I can't wait to get going, to get training and to meet everyone and get playing games."
Speaking of his three years at Blackburn Rovers, he said: "I loved it and there are some really good lads there. But I felt a bit more wanted at Preston so it was an easy decision for me."
He becomes Preston's third new signing of the summer.
July 6, 2016
Battle starts for McCormack
Aston Villa and Newcastle United are set to compete with each other for the signature of former Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack as demand for the prolific goal scorer hots up.
McCormack's goals played a major part in Fulham maintaining their Championship status last season, and the two newly relegated Championship clubs clearly see McCormack as key in regaining Premier League status at the first opportunity.
Both clubs are reported to value the player at £12 million, eclipsing the £11 million paid by Fulham to Leeds United. However, the Scot agreed a contract extension at Fulham in the second half of last season, so any move is far from certain.
July 6, 2016
Lalkovic signs for Pompey
Ex-Rovers loan striker Milan Lalkovic has signed for ambitious League Two club Portsmouth, just a few days after revealing that he has turned down the offer of a new contract at Walsall.
The 23 year old scored eight goals in 50 appearances for the Saddlers last season, but has agreed a two year deal on the south coast, with Pompey paying an undisclosed fee for the Slovak international.
He becomes Portsmouth's sixth signing of the summer transfer window.
July 6, 2016
Ferguson doubts Conor's return
Everton midfielder Conor Grant is unlikely to make a return to Doncaster Rovers this season. Rovers boss Darren Ferguson admitted the likely outcome recently, with the highly rated youngster signing a new contract at Everton this summer, and if a loan move materialises, it is more likely to be to a Championship club than to Rovers.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "He’ll be part of Everton’s plans. I know they’ve changed manager but certainly that was the hope for him. If he goes out on loan it’ll probably be to the Championship."
July 5, 2016
Rovers issue "statement of intent"
Doncaster Rovers have plainly indicated what their ambitions will be for the coming season with a high degree of confidence throughout the squad this summer, despite the huge set-back of relegation at the end of last season.
Instead of playing 'catch-up' in the transfer market, which has been a dominant factor of the last few summers, Darren Ferguson has been quick off the blocks in signing his new squad up, with his early moves fully backed by the Rovers board.
CEO Gavin Baldwin commented to the Yorkshire Post: "We expect to be behind Portsmouth (on the size of he playing budget). But we wouldn’t expect to be behind too many others. We believe we have given sufficient funds to give us the best possible chance next season."
"When we got relegated, we were devastated. But we had been talking for weeks before about the future and, as Darren said, maybe when we looked back on it, we thought it wouldn’t be the worst thing and we used it as an opportunity. Hopefully, with the signings that Darren has made, it is a sign of intent to fans and commercial sponsors."
"We have been extremely impressed with our commercial sponsors to bring players in and our sponsorship in League Two is in the high six-figures, more than it was in League One. So we have been impressed by generating revenue to pay for the players. The sole intent of the owners was to give Darren the tools to bring in the players to be competitive next season."
Expectation also seems to be high among the supporters, with Baldwin revealing: "We have sold more season-tickets now than at the same stage last year. The excitement among the football staff and fans appears to be greater than at any time since I have been here."
July 5, 2016
Kirkland joins Bury
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has joined League One club Bury on a one year contract after leaving Preston North End this summer.
The 35 year old had a trial with Bury last summer, but elected to join Preston, but only played five games for them during the season.
Kirkland started his career at Coventry City before moving on to Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Wigan Athletic, Leicester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster Rovers.
July 5, 2016
Ferguson open to formations and systems
Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson has confirmed that he will keep an open mind on which formations and systems the side will adopt for the coming season. Ferguson initially used a 3-5-2 formation after joining Rovers, but finished 4-4-2, utilising a midfield 'diamond'.
But with the arrival of several new players, Ferguson may not use either next season - but then again, he might!
He told the Doncaster Star: "I’m always quite flexible. There’s certain things that you’ve got to look at. We never won away from home last season with a back four and those are the sort of stats I’ve got to look at. And you’ve got to look at the teams that have come up from League Two and what they did."
"Northampton played 4-4-2, Oxford were 4-4-2 and Accrington, who did really well, played a 4-2-3-1. You have to look at how other teams got out of the league."
"I’ve got a certain way I want to play but I’ve got to be flexible as well, same as last season. But it’ll definitely be determined by the personnel we bring in. It’s the personnel that’s most important. You’ve got to get the right players."
July 5, 2016
Morecambe sign ex-Rover Liam
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Liam Wakefield has joined Morecambe and becomes their third signing of the summer.
The versatile 22 year old defender has signed a one year deal at the Globe Arena after being released by Accrington Stanley at the end of last season.
Wakefield came through he ranks at Doncaster Rovers to start his career, and is now described as a player who can 'play along the back line, or as a holding midfield player."
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley said: "Liam is a promising young defender who did well for Accrington in the early stages of last season before picking up an injury and we look forward to welcoming him into the squad. He is young and keen to do well. I have been impressed with his attitude and I am looking forward to working with him."
July 4, 2016
Curtis moves to Portsmouth
Striker Curtis Main has completed a transfer to ambitious League Two club Portsmouth for what is described as an "undisclosed fee".
A move away from the Keepmoat Stadium was always on the cards this summer after Curtis elected to stay out on loan at Oldham for the closing matches of last season, rather than return to Rovers to help the fight against relegation.
Boss Darren Ferguson has since strengthened his squad, with Main not included in his plans for the coming season.
Curtis joined Rovers two summers ago from Middlesbrough as part of the transfer that took James Husband to the Riverside, and made 58 appearances, scoring 11 times, but struggled to hold down a regular place last season after being injured, and spent a lengthy spell at Oldham Athletic on loan.
He has signed a two year deal with Portsmouth, with the option of a third year, and joins ex-Rovers players Kyle Bennett and Milan Lalkovic at Fratton Park.
We would like to thank Curtis for his efforts while with Doncaster Rovers and wish him well for the future.
July 4, 2016
O'Driscoll and Turnbull join Latics
Former Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll has joined the coaching staff at Oldham Athletic, and has been given a key role in appointing a new manager at the club.
Also joining the Latics is former Rovers striker Lee Turnbull, who most recently was chief scout at Sheffield United under the managership of Nigel Adkins.
Oldham Athletic are continuing to search for a new manager following the departure of ex-Rover John Sheridan, who has left to join Notts County.
July 4, 2016
Airport offer Dean a deal
Former Rovers boss Dean Saunders has been facing a huge parking fee after jetting out to France to work for the BBC, and leaving his car in the short-stay car park at Birmingham Airport. But now he is in with a chance of having the parking fee waived - if Wales wins the Euro 2016 finals!
Such was the confidence that Saunders had in Wales being eliminated at the group stages that he only took a small suitcase with him, and left his car in the short-stay car park - and now Wales are in the semi-finals this week!
The airport have said on Twitter "We can't help Dean with his clothes situation but if Wales win #EURO2016 we'll waive his parking fee!"
July 4, 2016
Agent confirms interest in Tommy
Tommy Spurr's agent has confirmed that there has been interest in signing his client by a number of clubs, with the former Rovers defender out of contract at Blackburn Rovers.
Kevin Sharp, Spurr's agent, said: "Tommy is a free agent and there has been a lot of interest in him. That is not surprising considering his age and experience. He is an attractive proposition. Blackburn are keen to keep him while Preston are one of the clubs we have been in discussions with."
Blackburn's new boss, Owen Coyle, has confirmed that he has made Spurr a new contract offer to stay with the club.
July 2, 2016
Boyce joins Mariners
Former Doncaster Rovers youth team defender Andrew Boyce has joined Grimsby Town, signing a two year contract after being released by Scunthorpe United at the end of last season.
Boyce had been widely expected to move back to Grimsby, where he spent two loan spells back in 2014, when he made 21 appearances for them, but last season ended with a loan at Notts County.
He came up through the youth system at Rovers to sign his first year professional contract in the summer of 2008, but was released at the end of the following season and has since played for a number of non-league clubs, including Gainsborough Trinity and Lincoln City before getting another chance in the Football League with Scunthorpe United in 2014.
July 2, 2016
Gavin's optimism for new season
Rovers' CEO, Gavin Baldwin, has spoken of the club's optimism for the coming season, following the players returning to training last week.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, he said: "I don’t think the on-field and off-field staff have ever bought into a vision as much since I have been at the club. They’re all genuinely excited about the future and everyone is pulling in the same direction. There’s a good feeling at the club at the moment. We’ve just got to make sure we deliver.
He added: "The biggest statement was probably the owners saying to myself and Darren ‘there’s some money up front, go and get your team’. It changes the mood when people see players coming in, like Tommy Rowe coming in and signing. You can’t help but get excited. We all buy into what Darren wants to achieve. We believe that if anyone can, Darren can. We’re excited. It’s a nice place to be."
July 2, 2016
Jones signs on for more at Hartlepool
Ex-Rovers defender Rob Jones has agreed a new contact with League Two club Hartlepool United. He joined them in March, and made seven appearances, becoming new boss Craig Hignett's first signing following Ronnie Moore's departure.
Jones has agreed a new one year deal, and will also take up a role in Hartlepool's academy - he was the Development XI's manager in his last season at Doncaster Rovers.
Hignett told the club's official web site: "I'm really pleased that Rob has agreed the new deal. He had a really positive influence on the squad when he came in last season. His experience, organisation and ability are benefits to us and he showed that both in games and in training. To have him around the place is a bonus for me because he's a proper professional and the young lads in our group can learn a lot from him."
July 2, 2016
Nelson stays at the Gills
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Stuart Nelson has agreed a new two year contract with League One club Gillingham. The 34 year old was an ever-present last season and has now featured in 179 games for the club.
The news ends Southend United's hopes of landing his signature, and they have to turn to other options.
Gills boss Justin Edinburgh told Kent OnLine: "I know that all of our out of contract players would have attracted interest, which is no surprise. They are good quality players who had very good seasons. We knew we had competition with Nels. He always wanted to stay here but if you have a good season then that is what happens. We did well as a team last season and as individuals and when players are out of contract this is what can happen."