Miller looking to sign stars from current side

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DONCASTER boss Tony Miller is not resting on his laurels when it comes to strengthening his squad for the 2012 campaign despite making two new signings this week.

“I’ve been speaking to a lot of the current squad so hopefully I can get a few signed up,” said Miller, keen not to see key players snapped up by rival clubs.

At this stage in the negotiations, Miller doesn’t know which division the Dons - who travel to Rochdale on Sunday in the quarter-final of the Championship One Promotion Play-Offs - will be playing in next season.

“We’ve drawn up two kinds of contracts, one for Championship One and one for the Championship,” said Miller.

“It’s not ideal but I want to try and get people on board (for next season) as quickly as I can.”

Miller, meanwhile, feels that he has done good business in signing up York’s Lee Waterman and Gateshead’s Mike Kelly.

“I think Lee’s got that X-factor that we’ve possibly been lacking,” he told The Star.

“Two years ago he was the leading points scorer in the Championship. He’s got pace, he knows his way to the line and he’s a good goalkicker.

“He can play full-back or centre but I see him playing in the three-quarters because I’m happy with Mick Butterfield at full-back.”

He added: “Mike’s a good player. He’s the right age and he’s a Doncaster lad. which is a bonus. He spent three years at Castleford and then had a spell at Hunslet before joining Gateshead.

“I’ve kept tabs on him and he’s filled out a lot from last year and he’s a decent size.

“Former Gateshead coach Richard Pell, who I know well, said he had been outstanding for them whilst he was in charge and that he has a really good attitude and I’m delighted to have him on board.

Skipper Matt Carbutt suffered a knock to his knee in Sunday’s win over Whitehaven and hasn’t trained this week but Miller is hopeful he’ll be fit for Sunday’s game in Greater Manchester.