'Play every game like it's your last' - Doncaster Rovers boss on players' futures
Doncaster Rovers boss Andy Butler wants his players to perform as if every game was their last in order to secure their futures at the club.
Almost a dozen players will reach the end of their contracts at the Keepmoat in the summer, with Butler poised to open discussions with some in the next few weeks over extensions.
And while he wants his players to show their worth, he is also determined for them to deliver on their potential this season.
“The players are playing for their futures and their careers,” Butler said. “Every game is important.
“You’re only one tackle away from the end of your season so you have to treat every game as if it is your last.
“We emphasise that to the players. This could be your last game, go and express yourselves and take the opportunity you’ve got.
“I didn’t know the last game I played was my last.
“You have to seize every opportunity, enjoy every single moment you have on the pitch.
“I think it would be wrong to say people have got to impress me or that people have already been chosen.
“I have to meet with the board and the recruitment side with Adam [Henshall, head of talent identification].
“But the message is this is your chance to show me. I’m the new manager to this group. I might have played alongside you but I’m making the decision about futures so impress me.
“I bang on about opportunities but it is the opportunity to make something of your career.
“If you can come on board with what we’re trying to do then you can be successful.”