Carl Hall’s Dons column: ‘We have every confidence in Richard Horne’

Dons head coach Richard Horne
Dons head coach Richard Horne

Everyone at the Dons was disappointed not to make the play-offs, but we can look forward to the next campaign with a lot of belief - not least because of our performance at Toronto Wolfpack.

Other League One teams have gone out there and been absolutely steamrollered, but we more than held our own.

We led 12-4 at the break and, although they really came at us in the second period, could more than hold our heads up high.

You also have to remember we had to leave a few of the lads behind due to their work commitments.

But do not think we are happy with our final league position - we are not, and the aim for next season is to build a Dons side capable of promotion.

The good news is we have every confidence in Richard Horne as coach, who has brought a real drive to the role since he came in during the season, and are progressing well with a couple of potential signings.

We don’t think we need a major overhaul, and are looking at adding a little bit of real quality as the boys have already shown what they can do.

Planning for next season started as soon as the final whistle went in Toronto.

I met with the coaching staff the very next day and we are on to next season already.

Next year can’t come quick enough for all of us - players, coaching staff and everyone behind the scenes.

There will be some other clubs in League One having a real go as well and it won’t be easy, but if we can replicate some of the performances we have put together at times – I’m thinking of Toronto and the second half at Leeds Rhinos - we know we will be right up there.

Our season ticket pricing will be out soon. You may already have seen the teaser images of “Dons Challenge 1,000” on our website and social media - we’re trying to do something a little different for next season as we want to get as many people into the ground as possible.

We feel this will help create a better atmosphere for supporters which can then feed back to the lads on the pitch. Stay tuned!

Our end of season awards evening will take place in the Legends’ Club at the Keepmoat Stadium on Friday October 6, with tickets just £15 for supporters which includes food and the chance to mix with the players.

You can book your place by emailing jane.keightley@clubdoncaster.co.uk.