August 20, 2016
Cheltenham Town v Rovers
Yet again, injuries are affecting the team selection for Darren Ferguson in this afternoon's away game at Cheltenham Town. Defender Tyler Garrett is the latest injury casualty, adding to the news that Niall Mason is sidelined with a knee injury. Such is the length of the Rovers injury list that Ferguson has added two teenagers, defender Reece Fielding and Danny Amos to the squad, although both are likely to only make it to the substitutes' bench.
Also missing today will be Mathieu Baudry (achilles), Craig Alcock (ankle), Luke McCullough (knee) and Joe Wright - added to which Gary McSheffrey and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (both knee injuries) have missed all the season and pre-season, with midfielder Paul Keegan not yet ready to return to the side as he continues to recover from a thigh injury.
Goalkeeper Marko Marosi is expected to keep his place in the side after keeping a clean sheet on Tuesday evening.
In contrast, Cheltenham Town have signed two new loan players this week, with Birmingham City striker Koby Arthur and Bristol City striker Jonny Smith, both of who have agreed six month loan stints at Cheltenham.
Harry Pell faces a late fitness test after picking up a knock in Tuesday's draw at Carlisle, and striker Dan Holman is rated as "touch and go" as he battles with a foot injury. Amari Morgan-Smith is expected to return, and winger James Dayton is hoping for a recall after recovering from an ankle knock. Forward Jack Munns remains a long term absentee with a knee injury.
August 20, 2016
Ferguson expects tough game
Boss Darren Ferguson is expecting an aerial bombardment in this afternoon's game at Whaddon Road, and with Rovers' injury woes added to the fact that Cheltenham have not lost a league game at home since last September, it will be a tough challenge for Rovers this afternoon.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press: "They’re a very well organised team. They’re a very big team and they’re quite direct. We’re going to have to deal with the ball going into our box. They’ve got a long throw. There’s certain parts of our game we’re going to have to be very good at, but there’s no grey areas in terms of the way they’ll get it in the box. They have a very experienced manager [Gary Johnson]. We’re going to have to be patient and I think on Saturday the first goal is going to be very important."
"We have to make sure we do all the bitty bits in terms winning second balls and stopping crosses, and then have the composure to play our football. That’s what we’ve been working on. It’ll be a tough match."
August 20, 2016
Today's match officials
The match officials for this afternoon's away game at Cheltenham Town are:
Referee: Mary Heywood
Assistant referees: Ravel Cheosiaua and Kevin Howick
Fourth official: Mark Russell
August 20, 2016
Ferguson check on free agents
With the injury situation at Doncaster Rovers seemingly never ending, boss Darren Ferguson is considering signing some players who are free agents to cover for absentees. This season's change to the rules of loaning players means that he would have to sign players until January, something which Fergie does not want to do, and would prefer to sign some free agents on short term deals to cover the immediate crisis.
He told the Yorkshire Post last week: "I am not sure if I want to bring two or three loans in until January. What I have been doing is looking at free agents and possibly getting players in for a month, so we may go down that route. We have to get on with it. I do not want to moan too much about it. Whenever these sort of things happen, I try to take the positives out of it. A positive is that we will have a 16-year-old on the bench on Saturday and that is a good opportunity for him and we just get on with it. You just go on with it. You pick up injuries, but it is more the length that is the problem."
August 20, 2016
Mason out for eight weeks
Defender Niall Mason will be out for around eight weeks after suffering a knee injury in last weeks' draw with Crawley Town. The 19 year old had made three appearances for Rovers since joining from Aston Villa.
He is joined on the sidelines by left back Tyler Garratt, who will be out of action for a month after picking up an ankle injury in Tuesday's game against Cambridge United.
August 20, 2016
Catching up - Stewart set to leave Ipswich
After seeming to have worked his way back into boss Mick McCarthy's eye at Ipswich Town, it now appears that winger Cameron Stewart will be allowed to leave on a free transfer.
Stewart, who was a regular selection while on loan at Rovers last season, is reported by the Daily Mail to be interesting Brentford, Rotherham United, Charlton, Bolton and MK Dons. He joined Ipswich on a free transfer in 2014, but has struggled to hold down a regular first team place at Portman Road.
August 20, 2016
Catching up - Grayson joins Bucks
Former Rovers striker Brad Grayson is the latest recruit to be added to the Buxton squad, where he joins ex-Rovers keeper Jan Budtz and Tim Ryan, who is now assistant boss at the club.
Grayson was most recently at Frickley Athletic, and despite being only 23 years old, is rapidly collecting a lengthy list of former clubs, which include Rovers, Matlock Town, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Swedish club Ange IF, Australian club South Cumberland, and Loyola, who are in the Philippines.
Tim Ryan told the Buxton Advertiser: "Brad is only 23 but he’s got extensive experience of having played at this level so that will be a huge bonus for us and he’s fitted right in straight away. I know him from when he was at Doncaster and his attitude is fantastic which I hope will rub off on the other players too. He’s recently been in the Philippines and is as fit as a fiddle so he’s raring to go."
August 20, 2016
Catching up - Redfearn gets commentators job
Ex-Rover Neil Redfearn has been signed up by a radio station set up by his ex-boss Ken Bates for the coming season.
Redfearn will be providing match summaries for Radio Yorkshire for all of Leeds United's home and away games this season.
The station was founded by Ken Bates in 2014 after the closure of his former Yorkshire Radio station.
Redfearn told the Yorkshire Post: "I’m looking forward joining the team at Radio Yorkshire and getting to watch Leeds United every week. It looks like an exciting season ahead."
August 18, 2016
Catching up - Rovers 1 Crawley Town 1
Unfortunately we were unable to open our "Man of the Match" voting on time for last Saturday's home game against Crawley Town at the time, which saw Rovers open their points total as they were held to a draw in a frustrating game.
Boss Darren Ferguson criticised the way his team played in the first half of the game, during which time Rovers went a goal behind, but levelled four minutes after the break through James Coppinger. Rovers could have won the game as John Marquis headed just over from a corner, and andy Williams went close on two occasions in the closing minutes of the game.
As we have received requests to run the voting for this match, we are allowing votes to be cast from now until 3pm on Saturday, so if you can remember which player caught your eye last weekend, we look forward to receiving your vote!
The result will be revealed on Sunday evening.
August 18, 2016
Ferguson relief at first win
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson was a very relieved man after watching his side win their first match of the season - which remarkably is only their fourth three point haul of the calendar year.
The win came despite a penalty miss by John Marquis, which was Rovers' second spot kick miss of the season, following on from Andy Williams' failure to score a penalty in the opening game of the season at Accrington.
Ferguson admitted: "We need to start scoring penalties - that is a problem, but it didn’t knock us and I don’t think it affected us at all."
The Rovers boss added: "I was a little bit nervous at the end. What we said at half time was that we just needed a bit more quality and the quality of the goal was outstanding. It was a great cross and a great finish, and a goal worthy of winning any game. At half-time I just told them to keep plugging away, add a bit more quality and keep the concentration. We should’ve won by more than one but I’ll take that."
August 18, 2016
Stuckmann training with Tykes
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann has been training with Barnsley. The Tykes' head coach, Paul Heckingbottom confirmed the news last week, but stressed that the German keeper is only training with them, and the club are not considering discussing a deal for him to stay.
Heckingbottom told the Yorkshire Post: “He came in training and is a free agent now. We initially did have a look at him, but we did tell him we were not in a position of giving him anything. But we offered him the chance of keeping to come training with us. He is a great bloke; we are helping him out and he is helping us out as another ‘body’ with an extra keeper in training."
Stuckmann was released "by mutual agreement" from Rovers during the summer.
August 18, 2016
Catching up - two captains for Rovers
Darren Ferguson has revealed that Andy Butler has been appointed as the new "club captain", with long serving midfielder James Coppinger continuing his role as "team captain".
Ferguson has been impressed by Butler's organizational and communications skills and rewarded the Doncaster-born defender with the new role.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "The captain is James Coppinger and I’ve never thought about changing it really. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Let’s just leave it as it is."
"What I will do this season is, because we haven’t had a club captain, I will make Andy Butler the club captain with James as team captain. Andy has gone to a different level with how he’s organising people and how he’s talking. He’s taking on board the responsibility. He’s a local lad and it makes sense to make him club captain."
August 18, 2016
Grant joins Ipswich
Ex-Rovers loan midfielder Conor Grant has joined Ipswich Town on a season-long loan to further his development.
Conor made 22 appearances for Rovers last season and impressed boss Darren Ferguson, who admitted that Rovers' relegation meant that they had no chance of taking Grant on loan again this term.
He signed a new contract with parent club Everton in the summer.
August 17, 2016
Rovers 1 Cambridge United 0
Doncaster Rovers produced a much improved performance on the way to registering their first league win of the season at the Keepmoat Stadium last night.
Darren Ferguson shuffled his pack, bringing in Marko Marosi for his first league start, with Mitchell Lund also coming in to the side in place of the injured Niall Mason. Riccardo Calder dropped to the bench, with Tyler Garrett starting the game in his place.
Rovers had a great start to go in front early in the game after John Marquis was brought down in the penalty area, but the spot kick, taken by Marquis was saved by the legs of keeper Will Norris.
Rovers kept the pressure on, with Andy Williams, John Marquis and Tommy Rowe all denied by a busy Cambridge keeper.
Play was held up for ten minutes midway through the second half, as one of the assistant referees had to be replaced, with an appeal for a qualified referee eventually being found in the crowd.
Marquis atoned for his earlier penalty miss in the 74th minute by heading home a precise cross by Matty Blair, who had been causing problems on numerous occasions to the Cambridge defence.
August 17, 2016
Goals review
Ex-Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack got his first goal for new club Aston Villa in only his second game as he struck in the 25th minute of their Championship game at home to Huddersfield Town. The game eventually ended in a 1-1 draw.
In League Two, Adebayo Akinfenwa scored his first goal for Wycombe Wanderers since joining them in the summer, finding the net in the 5th minute. That game also finished in a 1-1 draw.
Dropping down into the National League North, Waide Fairhurst opened the scoring for Boston United in their home game against Tamworth, which they went on to win 3-0.
A little further down the league structure, in the Evo-Stik League (North), Jon-Paul Pittman scored Harrogate Town's second goal as they won 2-0 at Gainsborough Trinity. In the same division, Alex Peterson scored Ossett Town's first and third goals as they beat Brighouse Town 4-2.
August 17, 2016
Gooch makes Premier League debut
Sunderland youngster Lyndon Gooch, who was on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season, made his Premier League debut on Saturday in the Black Cats' 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.
He was a 'surprise name' in the Sunderland side, but by all accounts, played well in his 64 minutes on the pitch.
Sunderland boss David Moyes told BT Sport after the game: "Young Goochy came in off the left and did a great job for us. If those young boys do well enough, we’re happy to promote them and get them in the team."
August 17, 2016
Catching up - Mason joins Rovers
Due to the absence of updates for several days in the last month, there are many news items that we have missed out on including. For those who already know of some of them, we apologise for telling you 'old news', but we thought it would be worthwhile going back so we don't miss anything!
On the eve of the season, Doncaster Rovers signed Aston Villa defender Niall Mason on loan until January. New regulations mean that loan have to run from one 'transfer window' to the next, but Mason has been signed to cover for the numerous injuries presently affecting the Rovers squad.
Aged 19, he has been in the academies at Real Madrid and Southampton, and joins Villa team mate Riccardo Calder at the club. Mason has been allocated the number 24 shirt for his time at Rovers.
August 17, 2016
Catching up - Houghton signs on loan
The second player to be signed just before the season's opening game against Accrington Stanley was Chelsea youngster Jordan Houghton, who has signed on loan terms until January 3rd.
Aged 20, Jordan has been with Chelsea since the age of 9 and has worked his way up through the various youth levels, and is an England youth international. He spent time on loan at Gillingham and Plymouth Argyle last season.
Jordan will wear the number 16 shirt while at Doncaster Rovers.
August 17, 2016
Cheltenham ticket information
Tickets for Saturday's away game at Cheltenham Town are now on general sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
Rovers have received an allocation of 463 tickets at the following prices:
Adults £21 - Senior Citizens (65+) £15 - Student (with NUS card) £7 - Under 18s £7
Wheelchair disabled supporters will pay £15, which includes the admission for their carer. Ambulant disabled supporters will pay the relevant price, but their carer will be admitted free of charge.
August 16, 2016
Rovers v Cambridge United
Doncaster Rovers go in search of their first win of the new season when Cambridge United visit the Keepmoat Stadium this evening, although they will have to do without on loan Aston Villa defender Niall Mason, who has joined the lengthy injury list after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's game against Crawley Town, which is likely to keep him out for a month.
Rovers will continue to be without Mathieu Baudry, Gary McSheffrey, Craig Alcock, Luke McCullough and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, who are all injured, and while Paul Keegan has resumed training, he is not fit enough to be considered this evening. Joe Wright is still being troubled by a toe injury, and will be assessed before Rovers name their team this evening.
Boss Darren Ferguson is demanding a much improved performance this evening, after being highly critical of some aspects of Saturday's game. Speaking after the game, he said: "Saturday was a performance that I do not want to see again really, in terms of the tempo and energy that we want to play at. After 15 minutes, Crawley were comfortable and I really do not want that when we are at home. The players understand where I am coming from and agree, so we have got to put it right and get a performance for 90 minutes which I expect from them."
Cambridge United will welcome back defender Josh Coulson, who missed Saturday's game due to the birth of his son, but will not be able to call on the services of Harrison Dunk, Adam McGurk and Will Norris, who are all injured.
August 16, 2016
Tonight's match officials
The match officials for this evening's home game against Cambridge United are:
Referee: Darren Handley
Assistant referees: Helen Byrne and Joe Simpson
Fourth official: Steven Meredith
August 16, 2016
Goal scorers review
Somewhat belatedly, we take a look at some of the former Doncaster Rovers players who score goals in the weekend's matches.
In League One, Billy Sharp scored a late equaliser for Sheffield United as they drew 1-1 at home to Rochdale.
Andrew Boyce scored an equaliser for Grimsby Town in their League Two game at Wycombe Wanderers, but the Mariners went down to an injury time goal to end up on the wrong end of a 2-1 score line.
Also in League Two, two ex-Rovers players scored for Hartlepool United in their away game at Exeter City. Hartlepool came back from a goal down to win the game, thanks to goals from Michael Woods and Billy Paynter in the 74th and 75th minutes respectively.
Harry Forrester opened the scoring for Rangers in their Scottish Premier League game at Dundee, which they won 2-1, although from reports, it seems that Forrester was somewhat lucky not to be sent off during that game.
Finally, Tomi Ameobi scored for FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League on Sunday, as they won 1-0 at home to Minnesota. Ameobi struck 48 seconds into the second half.
August 16, 2016
Accrington fined for ineligible player
Accrington Stanley have been fined £5,000 for fielding an ineligible player in their opening two fixtures of the 2016/17 season, although the fine has been suspended for 12 months.
Stanley pleaded guilty to playing Janoi Donacien, as he had not received international clearance. Donacien left Aston Villa in the summer and became a free agent on June 30th, but had been on loan at Newport County last season, and international clearance had not been received upon the expiry of his loan.
An EFL spokesman said: "The registration of Janoi Donacien had not received international clearance on expiry of his loan at Newport County under regulation 44.2. This constitutes a technical offence and misconduct on the part of the club. Following an expedited process and matters put forward in mitigation, the club has accepted the charge and the fine issued will be suspended for a period of 12 months."
Accrington Stanley were ordered to pay all costs.
August 10, 2016
Voting results v Accrington Stanley
Thank you to everyone who took part in the "Man of the Match" poll for Saturday's away game at Accrington Stanley. We particularly appreciate it when considering the few updates on the site over the last few days.
We received nominations for five different players this time, with new signing Matty Blair catching the eye of most, gaining a little under half of all votes cast.
The players to receive most votes were:
1 Matty Blair (43.75%)
2 Tommy Rowe (26.67%)
3 John Marquis (18.75%)
The "Man of the Match" voting for the cup game against Nottingham Forest will follow below.
August 10, 2016
Rovers 1 Nottingham Forest 2
Darren Ferguson made four changes to his starting line-up for last night's home game against Nottingham Forest, but the major concern that he must have is the continuing tendency to concede goals late in the game. Last night it was an injury time goal at the end of the game that proved to be Rovers' undoing, but it is a problem that seems to have carried over from last season - and if Rovers are to succeed this season, it needs to be resolved quickly.
David Vaughan gave Forest an early lead, with a tenth minute free kick being cleared to Vaughan, who struck a half-volley from 20 yards which flew past Marko Marosi in the Rovers goal.
It took Rovers half an hour for their first shot, with John Marquis firing well off target, then Andy Williams had a half chance, but his header did not have enough power to seriously test the Forest keeper.
Rovers equalised in the 69th minute, which saw Liam Mandeville on hand to prod the ball home after Niall Mason's header had been blocked on the line from a corner - it was Liam's first senior goal of his career.
With extra time looming, Forest snatched the dramatic injury time winner as Ward fired into the bottom right corner of the net.
The "Man of the Match" voting is now open. If you would like to take part, please click on the logo to the left.
August 10, 2016
Wheater re-signs for Bolton
Former Doncaster Rovers loan defender David Wheater has signed a one year contract with Bolton Wanderers, just a few weeks after leaving the club at the end of his contract.
Wheater, who offered to waive his bonus payments at the end of last year which would have been triggered under the terms of his contract, has taken a big pay cut to stay at the club, but he is happy in the Bolton area and had been asked back by new boss Phil Parkinson to train with the club during the summer.
David told the Bolton News: "I know I'm definitely not one of the biggest earners at the club any more. If I'm honest there was always a part of me that felt I might be able to come back. My little girl Olivia, who's two, has just started nursery here and my boy Arthur is just two weeks old so it's good for me. I knew that if I was going to then it would be on a reduced rate but for some reason there was never a point when I walked out of the club and thought I would never play for Bolton again."
"It was nice when the manager rang me up and asked if I could come back for pre-season. I knew he did a really good job at Bradford, taking them to a cup final – that's a great achievement. From what I've seen he is a really good coach as well as a manager, sometimes you get good managers who are not great coaches, but he definitely is and the lads have really bought into it too."
August 10, 2016
McCormack joins Villa
Ex-Rovers striker Ross McCormack has joined Aston Villa after Fulham accepted a £14 million offer for the Scot.
There has been speculation all through the summer over McCormack's future, with Norwich City seemingly the front runners in recent weeks, but Villa topped Norwich's offer, agreeing to pay £12 million, with a further £2 million in "add-ons".
McCormack, who only signed an extension to his Fulham contract earlier this year, had been unsettled after a move to Middlesbrough collapsed in January.
Speculation over his future intensified during pre-season when McCormack failed to travel with the Fulham squad for their training camp in Portugal.
August 10, 2016
Barnes moves to Vancouver
Former Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes has left US club Houston Dynamo to join the Vancouver Whitecaps in time for their new season.
Barnes, now aged 27, has been a Houston for nearly four seasons since arriving in 2012 upon his departure from Rovers. He has scored 31 goals in 113 games for Houston, and has been a regular selection at international level for Jamaica.
Since moving to America, Barnes has been converted into a striker, although it is expected that Vancouver will use him more as an attacking midfielder.
August 4, 2016
Accrington Stanley 3 Rovers 2
The Man of the Match voting for Saturday's away game at Accrington Stanley is now open. If you wish to take part, please click on the logo to the left.
We apologise for both the late opening of the voting and for the rather erratic appearance of news items in the last two or three weeks, which has been a very difficult time to maintain the updates. The intention is that the usual daily updates will resume before too much longer, but in the mean time, we appreciate your understanding and patience.
August 4, 2016
Calder glad to be back
On-loan midfielder Riccardo Calder turned down other loan moves to return to Doncaster Rovers for another loan spell which lasts until January.
The prospect of being in a promotion challenging side is one that appeals to the Villa man, despite the disappointment of experiencing relegation last term.
He told the Doncaster Star late last month: "I could have gone to a few other teams but Doncaster are a good club. I wouldn’t say they’re a League Two club. This season, hopefully we do well and get back up to League One. I want to be part of it. Last season was obviously a fight at the bottom, trying to stay up. It was a new experience for me last season and hopefully this will be a new one as well, fighting for promotion."
Of his own targets for the new season, he added: "I thought I did well when I finished the season here. But it’s up to me to lay down a marker whenever I get to play. I want to be pushing for the first team back at Villa and if not, I want to be pushing here."
August 4, 2016
Grant signs new contract at Everton
Former Rovers loan midfielder Conor Grant has signed a new two year contract at Everton, which will keep him at Goodison Park until the end of the 2017/18 season.
He has been training with the first team squad during pre-season and was part of their squad that travelled to Austria last month.
Conor spent part of last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers, where he impressed, but Darren Ferguson admits that, especially with Rovers' relegation to League Two, there is little prospect of the youngster returning to Rovers for another loan spell.
Ferguson admitted: "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."
August 4, 2016
The Beast signs for Newport
Ex-Rovers loan striker Jon Parkin has returned to the Football League by signing for Newport County on a one year contract. He left Forest Green Rovers by mutual consent during the summer but the lure of another crack at playing in the Football League certainly appealed to him.
He told Newport County's official web site: "I'm delighted to have signed for Newport County AFC. The move was all sorted out really quickly which is always pleasing. Straight after speaking with Warren I was interested in signing here and I'm glad that we have managed to get everything signed and over the line."
"Returning to the Football League was a big bonus for me because I wanted at least another season at this level to challenge myself and hopefully I can score plenty of goals for the team."
Parkin was Forest Green's top goal scorer for the last two seasons, but was released after he did not fit into boss Mark Cooper's plans after he had signed three new strikers during the summer.
August 4, 2016
Rovers tickets on sale in town
Doncaster Rovers have announced a link-up with the British Heart Foundation shop in Printing Office Street, which will see tickets for unreserved seating in the South Stand go on sale for all matches this season.
It marks the first chance for Rovers fans to buy tickets in the town centre since the club closed its shop in Priory Walk some years ago.
August 4, 2016
Button joins Fulham
Former Doncaster Rovers loan goalkeeper David Button has joined Fulham from Brentford for an "undisclosed fee".
Button was into the last year of his contract at Brentford, and it seems that the player had indicated that he was looking for a move at the end of his present deal, which has persuaded the club to cash in with a transfer fee rather than allow him to leave next summer on a free transfer.
Brentford boss Dean Smith said: "I have nothing but respect for the way he acquits himself to his profession and his departure will leave big gloves to fill. But I feel we have replacements in Daniel Bentley and Jack Bonham who are eager to fill the position that David had made his own."
He added: "I would personally like to wish David well and thank him for his contribution in both performances and attitude since myself and Richard joined the club.His save in our win at Preston in January, as well as many others, will live long in the memory, but as the way in football, things move on and David has chosen to further his career elsewhere."
August 3, 2016
McCullough ruled out for season
On the eve of the new season, Doncaster Rovers have been dealt a huge blow with news that key defender Luke McCullough will be ruled out for the entire season after it was confirmed that he suffered a cruciate ligament injury while playing against York City recently.
McCullough's pre-season started behind the rest of the squad after he was given extra time off after featuring for Northern Ireland in the Euro 2016 finals in France, but played only 15 minutes of the York game before hobbling off.
He has just signed a new three year contract with the club.
However, Luke has vowed to return 'stronger than before', but faces an operation to resolve the problem. He told the Portadown Times: “I just have to stay positive and am waiting on a date for the operation but it could be as soon as this weekend. After the surgery we can plan the rehabilitation programme, but I have support from everyone at Rovers and know the medical team is basically available 24/7 to help my recovery."
"They say it can take as long as nine months but obviously everything depends on the rehab. It is important to concentrate on doing everything the right way, stay patient and positive. To have that happen in my first pre-season game and with everyone looking forward to the start of the season is obviously awful timing, but I just have to focus on the future now."
"However, they say the rehab means you come back stronger than before. In the past it may have ended careers but now medical advancements mean most players make a full recovery."
Boss Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "He's going to be out for the season. I really feel for the boy. He's just signed his new contract and then he's done his cruciate. He will be out for the season certainly. These things happen. The boy has got to stay strong. We'll help him with his rehab but now he's got to take the advice of the surgeons. You can't rush these things. It's probably the worst injury you can have."
August 3, 2016
Whitehouse completes Leeds move
Doncaster Rovers winger Billy Whitehouse has completed his transfer to Leeds United for what is described as an "undisclosed fee".
Whitehouse was transfer listed in the summer by Darren Ferguson, but with the Scot reluctant to play out-and-out wingers, he has been given the opportunity to rebuild his career elsewhere. Billy has been on trials at Leeds recently, and the completion of his transfer means he will link up with fellow former Rovers players Paul and Jack McKay in the Leeds United Under-21 squad.
We wish Billy well for the future and thank him for his contribution while at Doncaster Rovers.
August 3, 2016
Rovers sign Tadcaster striker Alfie
Doncaster Rovers have completed the signing of 18 year old striker Alfie Beestin, who has been on trials with Rovers over the last few weeks. He becomes Rovers' tenth signing of the summer, and joins the club from Evo-Stik Division One North club Tadcaster Albion.
He has been with the York based i2i Academy for the last three years, which helps young players to find professional clubs.
Alfie has been allocated squad number 23 for the coming season and will be available for the opening game of the season, which is on Saturday at Accrington Stanley.
August 3, 2016
Greer joins Blackburn
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Gordon Greer has signed a one year contract at Blackburn Rovers after impressing sufficiently while on trials at the club to be offered a deal.
Greer was released by Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of last season, despite being a current Scotland international, and made over 200 appearances for the Seagulls in a six year stay.
Blackburn see him as adding some vital experience to the centre of their defence.
Gordon's career has also seen him play for Clyde, Kilmarnock, Stockport County, Swindon Town and Doncaster Rovers before his latest stay with Brighton.
August 3, 2016
Johnstone in demand as ten chase United's keeper
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is still expected to leave Manchester United during the current transfer window, with David De Gea and Sergio Romero ahead of him at Old Trafford. An amazing ten clubs are reported to be interested in acquiring his services, with Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Fulham, Wolves, Bristol City and Wigan among those monitoring the situation.
Johnstone spent time on loan at Championship club Preston North End last season.