Peter Green will turn the clock back as he pulls on a Dons shirt in Sunday’s League One clash at Hemel Stags.
Green, who will be in charge of the team along with the likes of fellow assistant coach Andrew Vincent and conditioner Rhys Lovegrove following the midweek departure of head coach Gary Thornton, last played for the Dons in 2009.
Green spent five years with Sheffield Eagles before retiring from the professional game three years ago. He has been playing for Doncaster Toll Bar amateurs where he still coaches one of the junior teams.
“I did a full pre-season with the Doncaster squad and I’ve kept myself in shape,” said the 35-year-old who always one of the fittest players in the team during his two spells with the Dons.
Green will cover at loose-forward for the suspended Jamie Thackray and Jason Muranka, who faces several weeks on the sidelines after suffering a rib injury in Sunday’s 28-28 home draw against London Skolars.
“It’s something that Gary and I had discussed in pre-season,” said Green. “I was all set to play at York and also on Sunday but then Gary changed his mind.
“I was due to play at Hemel but then Gary’s departure threw a spanner in the works. I had a chat with Rhys and Andy and some of the senior players on Tuesday night and we decided to go with it.
“I know it’s a big jump from amateur to League One and it’s a bit of a gamble on my part, but we’ll see how it pans out.
“Hopefully I can help bring a bit of extra motivation and intensity that we’ve lacked at times.
“I don’t think that we’ve reacted very well in games where we’ve gone behind.”