James would ‘Hayt’ Billy to go

Doncaster Rovers' James Hayter.

Doncaster Rovers' James Hayter.

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JAMES Hayter is keeping his fingers crossed his big mate Billy Sharp stays at Doncaster Rovers, even if it means he has to be content with more bench-warming.

Hayter played alongside Sharp in attack in the recent win over Barnsley and combined with the in-demand striker to open the scoring.

The pair also started up front together against Cardiff on Saturday.

“I probably get on better with Billy than anyone else at the club,” said Hayter.

“We’re good mates.

“He’s always happy and bouncing around the place with a smile on his face.

“He’s obviously done really well and it’s not surprising there’s so much speculation about him, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he did move on.

“I want us to keep hold of him and I’d be more than happy to see him stay till the summer.

“He’s brilliant for the club and brilliant to have around the place - and he also guarantees you goals.

“I want to play more games and if Billy did leave that would probably allow me to play a lot more,” he added.

“But, like I said, I’ll be very happy if Billy is still here at the end of the transfer window.”

Hayter has fallen foul of the so-called McKay Project - starting just a handful of games under Dean Saunders.

But the 32-year-old says the intense competition for places at Rovers can only be good for the club.

“It keeps everyone on their toes.

“If you don’t play well there’s somebody waiting to take your place.

“If you get that chance in the first team you have to work hard to keep your place.

“It’s part of my game anyway, I always try and work as hard as possible.

“But speaking to the lads who have been playing more regularly, they feel that as a group we’ve probably not worked as hard as we are doing now.

“The last few months have been difficult because I was used to being in the team under Sean O’Driscoll.

“I feel good but I’m just hoping to get a run of games in the side.”