Size matters for Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers 2010/2011 Photocall. Brian Stock pictured. Picture: Marie Caley D1171MC
Doncaster Rovers 2010/2011 Photocall. Brian Stock pictured. Picture: Marie Caley D1171MC
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TOO many players at Doncaster Rovers had an easy ride last season, writes Paul Goodwin.

But the sight of almost an entire team of trialists turning up at Cantley Park should give everyone a huge kick up the backside from day one.

Doncaster Rovers players pictured during their first day back at training. Picture: Marie Caley D2600MC

Doncaster Rovers players pictured during their first day back at training. Picture: Marie Caley D2600MC

It certainly got the fans talking on the forums this week.

And it should say to everyone that the club really means business.

With long term injuries to Brian Stock, Adam Lockwood, Shelton Martis and Martin Woods, there’s an urgent need to add several more bodies to the squad.

And this season it needs to become more of a squad game for Sean O’Driscoll and the Rovers.

Stock (pictured) was a shadow of the player we know and love last term but he was an automatic choice for most of the time he was fit.

John Oster failed to reproduce the form he showed during his first year at the club - but was one of the first names on the teamsheet every week.

Dean Shiels, on the other hand, became the forgotten man at the Keepmoat.

Waide Fairhurst, meanwhile, could argue that he wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip.

Every man has a role to play this season if Doncaster are to continue to punch above their weight at this level.

The club continues0 to grow and prosper under O’Driscoll - and that was reflected in the quality of player coming in on trial this week.

But I await with interest Rovers’ next moves in the transfer market - because they could make or break the coming season.