Doncaster Rovers: New dad Danny Andrew ready to step up

Danny Andrew
Danny Andrew

After the greatest summer of his life, Danny Andrew is looking for a season to match.

As well as joining Rovers from Grimsby Town, the 26-year-old welcomed his first child during the off-season.

“It’s been a different summer from what I’ve been used to,” he said.

“Usually it’s a couple of holidays but this summer it’s been cleaning nappies and sleepless nights.

“My fiancee is really good. She helps me through the night.

“Through pre-season it’s been tough training. She does most of the stuff through the night and I get up with him in the morning and let her have a couple of hours while I get ready for training.

“It’s been unbelievable – the best summer.”

While he continues to get his teeth into parenthood with son Carter, Andrew is ready to tackle life with Rovers and his own long-awaited return to League One - provided he can cope with the sleepless nights.

Andrew enjoyed a superb season with Grimsby, scooping almost every award at the end of season dinner.

The full back could have remained at Blundell Park, where he was offered a new deal, and several other clubs were interested.

But Rovers had caught his eye when he came up against them as a Mariner last term.

He said: “I played against them last season and they way they played, I really took it to me.

“How high the full backs got – I really wanted to be a part of it.

“After speaking to the gaffer, it was a no-brainer for me.

“And obviously stepping up a league as well. I’ve got ambitions to play higher and that was part of the plan.”

Andrew has experienced League One football before but endured a tough time at Fleetwood Town where injuries blighted his two-year spell.

And he admits he feels he has a point to prove in the third tier.

He said: “I was unlucky with injuries at Fleetwood so I had to take a step back.

“I think I played about 17 games which isn’t enough.

“I’ve definitely got a lot to prove to myself as well and give myself belief that I can do it at this level.

“The aim was always to get back. I didn’t want to drop out of it but I had to.

“Now I’m here, I’m so determined to stay here and hopefully go even further.

“Hopefully I can do that with Doncaster.”

Do that and it truly will be an unforgettable year for Andrew.