Doncaster Rovers: We’ve got that promotion mentality insists new boy Cedric

Cedric Evina
Cedric Evina

Cedric Evina says he recognises the same determination in the Rovers squad that was present in Charlton’s League One title winning side two years ago.

The left back signed a two-year contract with Rovers earlier this week after leaving the Addicks at the end of last season.

Evina was a star performer when Charlton won the third tier title in 2012.

And he says adding a second successful League One promotion campaign to his CV is his aim for the year ahead.

“I’m not thinking of anything else but promotion back to the Championship,” Evina said.

“That is where Doncaster belongs.

“There’s some big clubs in League One but you’ve got to have a mindset and know what you want.

“I’ve been there and done it with Charlton.

“It was the same frame of mind with Charlton a few years ago.

“When everyone came in, it was ‘we want to gain promotion and nothing else.’

“Nothing else would do other than promotion and I’ve felt the same thing here.”

After playing a key role in Charlton’s return to the second tier, Evina found himself on the fringes at the Valley last season, making only 12 appearances.

The 22-year-old is determined to secure regular football and has turned to a man who helped revitalise his career before in Paul Dickov.

The Rovers boss took Evina on loan from Arsenal and then secured a permanent deal before Evina joined Charlton six months later.

Dickov’s presence in the Rovers hotseat was key to the defender choosing Doncaster as his next home.

He said: “I know Paul very well and that he gets the best out of me.

“He knows how to stimulate me to work that extra ten per cent, to run that extra ten per cent.

“I need to get back to playing regularly.

“Last season I was in, then I was on the bench, then out. I need to get that feeling of competition every week.

“I hope I’ll get that here. I’m not saying I’m going to say I’ll have a starting space because I have to fight for my space every game and every day in training.

“I’ve been used to that.

“Sometimes the manager makes his selection and you can only do what you can do.

“But I’ll be doing all I can to make sure I’m in the team.”