Andy Butler has a message for anyone who wrote him off before a ball was kicked this season: ‘I’ve got a few years left in me yet!’
The Doncaster’born centre back, who faces his former club Walsall tomorrow, has been one of Rovers’ most consistent performers this term.
The defender’s doubters had questioned over the summer whether, at 33, he was still cut out for League One.
“Age is a number, it’s irrelevant because I feel as fit as I’ve felt,” Butler told The Star.
“Even in pre-season training I was one of the frontrunners.
“People look after themselves better than they did before and hopefully I’ve got a few more years left in me.
“I’m fit, I’m looking after myself and I just enjoy playing football so that’s one thing that no one is going to take away from me.”
Following promotion there was also a clamour for Rovers to add another centre half to their ranks - but Butler insists that has not provided any extra motivation to impress this season alongside Joe Wright, another in-form player.
“I have a point to prove every season,” he said.
“I’ve been in that situation where people have brought other centre halves in, I’m just happy to play. I enjoy playing football.
“I would see it as competition.
“We’re all here to be in the first team and if it means someone comes in and I’ve got to challenge them as a player I don’t mind that, I love a challenge.”
Rovers endured a miserable September but have started this month with three wins out of four in all competitions.
Butler hopes that momentum will carry on this weekend at home to a Walsall side without a win in their last six.
“Hopefully we’ve come through that little sticky patch and we’re getting better,” said Butler.
“We’re on a good run of games at the moment and beating Portsmouth at home was a good result for us.
“I thought we deserved the win and now we’ve got to take that onto Saturday against Walsall.”