PRE-SEASON starts now. That was the post-match reaction from boss Dean Saunders who watched his side go toe-to-toe with Championship new boys Sheffield Wednesday.
Saunders hopes to add at least three new faces to his wafer-thin squad over the next few days, with George Friend set to complete the formalities of a move to Middlesbrough on Monday.
Former Motherwell captain Paul Quinn trialed at right back against the Owls and helped shut out Dave Jones' side; Rovers' first clean sheet of their pre-season campaign.
Rovers are also close to clinching the signature of an experienced defender, with an announcement due early in the week.
Defence is a priority area but Saunders will take heart from how his makeshift back four - including youngster Liam Wakefield and Tommy Spurr at centre back - kept Wednesday at bay.
Gary Woods did well to deny Marlon Harewood twice before the break but the visitors struggled in the main to get behind Doncaster's well organised unit.
Dave Syers went closest for Rovers when his powerful shot was saved spectacularly by Chris Kirkland, while Chris Brown wasted a good chance after the break when he got clean through on goal but blazed over the bar.
Saunders told the press after the game he expects to make headway in the transfer market this week, following a frustrating summer.
"Up to now pre-season has almost been a waste of time, just an exercise in fitness," said Saunders.
"We're nowhere near the team that will start season.
"The building starts from here," he added.
"I'm hoping to get three or four in over the next few days."
Rovers host Hull City (7.30pm) in their sixth pre-season game out of eight.