Paul Goodwin: Things have very quickly clicked into place at Doncaster Rovers

Ben Whiteman, Danny Andew and Alfie May have all impressed so far this season.
Ben Whiteman, Danny Andew and Alfie May have all impressed so far this season.

Things have clicked into place this season probably a lot quicker than Darren Ferguson ever imagined.

But that’s credit to the manager’s impressive recruitment for a second successive summer.

And it is reflective of the fact that this window was always about adding quality over quantity.

The way that Ben Whiteman and Danny Andrew, in particular, have slotted in seamlessly says everything about them both as individuals and also the group dynamic that Ferguson has fostered.

When you bring new players in you can never be sure how long they will take to settle and gel, or indeed be certain that they ever will.

But it already feels like Whiteman and Andrew have been at the club for years - and Rodney Kongolo has also shown signs of becoming an equally effective addition too.

Whiteman has made that holding position his own and Andrew has plugged a weakness at left back that has lingered since the days of Tommy Spurr and James Husband.

But it’s not just the new boys who have fitted in so smoothly and clicked into gear so quickly.

Ian Lawlor has produced two world class saves in two league games and has nailed down the number one spot.

Eager to prove a point to his manager, Joe Wright has stepped up to the plate at centre back and is forging a good partnership with Andy Butler.

Niall Mason is doing an excellent job at right back.

And Alfie May is now breathing down Liam Mandeville’s neck for the right to partner John Marquis.

The starting eleven already has a solid, consistent look to it, so much so that injured trio Mathieu Baudry, Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya would currently find it difficult to walk straight back in. Rovers have hit the ground running.