KNIGHTS returnee Jamie Lennard says Brett Davey is trying to build a squad of leaders to mount a push for promotion from the Championship.
The fly half has been impressed with the methods of Davey and his coaching staff since moving back to Castle Park from Bedford Blues.
And he believes the Knights can be challenging a right end of the table next season.
Lennard told the Free Press: “Brett wants every player who goes out on the pitch to stand up and be counted and not be frightened to be vocal.
“It’s the type of situation you want as a player, you don’t want any team mates shirking responsibility.
“A lot of time it’s the more experienced players who do all the talking but it doesn’t have to be that way.
“In fact it’s better when it’s not.
“You don’t have to look to one person to drag you along by the scruff of the neck because there’ll be plenty to do it.
“It’s a philosophy players will buy into because it puts them at the centre of things and I’m sure it’ll mean success on the pitch.”
Lennard departed the Knights for Premiership side London Irish in 2009 and made 16 appearances in the top flight before switching to Bedford.
The 26-year-old is expected to be one of the key figures in Davey’s side next season but he refuses to take his selection as given.
He said: “Brett has already said his side will be selected on merit rather than reputation.
“No one, it doesn’t matter who they are, will be guaranteed a place in the 15 and that’s the way it should be.
“I’m ready to take as big a role as possible at this club and I hope I can contribute a great deal.
“I’ve played alongside and against world class players since the last time I was here and hopefully I can pass on that experience to the young lads here.
“And I might be one of the more experienced players, but I’m still only 26 and I’ve got a lot more to give out on the pitch.”
Lennard pointed to fellow new signings Louis Silver and James Tincknell as ones to watch out for next season.
He said: “It’s obviously early days in pre-season and we’ve not done any full rugby yet but those two lads look class acts.
“I’ve also been really impressed with the young forward Tomas Francis who is unbelievably strong.
“If he can stay on the right track he’s going to be some player.”
Lennard says he was lured into a return to Doncaster by the Knights’ potential as a club.
He said: “Castle Park is without a doubt the best sole purpose rugby ground outside the Premiership and it’s a privilege to play there.
“The club has bucket loads of potential and it’s an exciting place to be right now.”