July 20, 2018
Marquis 'not for sale'
Doncaster Rovers have turned down a bid for striker John Marquis, with CEO Gavin Baldwin revealing that money alone will not determine whether the club's top scorer for the last two seasons is sold.
Enquiries have come in from three clubs, with one of those having more than one bid turned down. But Baldwin has revealed that Rovers would have to be convinced that it was a good overall deal for them before putting the proposition to the player.
Gavin told the Doncaster Free Press: "The money would not decide whether we accepted an offer any way. It would be what we could do with the money. For instance, if we were offered a sum of money and when went to Grant to ask him what he could do with that sum of money and he said the team would be better taking it, that is when we would talk to John about it."
"The money is not the deciding factor. It is how strong the team would be as an outcome of accepting the money and what we could then do with that. The starting point for us is that he's not for sale. I've not negotiated with anyone over John. When the Scottish club sent the offer through, I did not go back and say 'we're not accepting this amount, we want this amount.' I just said he's not for sale. It was as simple as that."
A bid from Aberdeen was turned down, with Marquis considering the Scottish Premiership as a 'sideways move', so a move to the SPL or another League One club is out of the question.
However, as Grant McCann revealed, the club will not stand in the player's way if the offer is right for all concerned. McCann said: "I spoke to him and he doesn’t want a sideways step in League One or the Scottish Premiership. I told John that if anything comes from the Championship and it meets the club’s valuation, then I won’t stand in his way. I’d wish him well. That is type of person I am. He deserves that. But he’s our player and we’ll do all we can to keep him here with us."
July 20, 2018
Hume leaves the Blasters
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Iain Hume has left Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters after the club decided not to renew his contract for next season. Hume picked up a serious injury last season, but he was hoping to return, having fully recovered from the knee injury - but his second stint at the club has now come to an end.
Hume quickly became a fans favourite during his first spell at the club, with his fearless style of play endearing him to the crowd, with Kerala Blasters becoming the most supported football club in the newly formed ISL.
Even though last season was cut short, Hume still ended as their top goal scorer with five goals from 13 games - and even though he spent two years away from the club, he remains the club's top goal scorer with 28 goals from 59 matches. In between his two spells at Kerala, Iain played for ATK, during which time he helped them to a league title with 18 goals from 30 matches.
July 20, 2018
McCann gives Taylor a chance
Boss Grant McCann has confirmed that former Bradford City and Ipswich Town striker Paul Taylor has been training with the club, and he played as a trialist in the recent game at Frickley Athletic.
The 30 year old is to be given the chance to earn himself a deal, with McCann telling the Doncaster Star: "He'll be staying around. He's a great lad and the boys have bought into him already. A few of the lads were surprised to see how good he was yesterday in training. It's different in a game. Game time is different and he needs a lot of that. He needs to get fit, he needs a lot of game time but when he is fit, he's a special talent."
McCann added: "Tayls is someone I know really, really well. He got his move to Ipswich and he's had some problems off the pitch. But the lad has settled down now, he's got two kids. I played with him. I brought him to Peterborough and when he left I gave him a really good recommendation to Stuart McCall at Bradford."
"He was outstanding for them last year. I think he got one in three in terms of the games he played. He's an enigma. He can create something out of nothing. He's got great ability. We probably didn't see too much of it tonight (at Frickley) but that was his first game in three or four months because he left Bradford when Stuart left. He's a lad that if we get fit then he can be anything in this league and he has done in this league and in the Championship. We'll see how he goes over the next couple of weeks and we'll take it from there."
However, Taylor has picked up a groin injury in training and will not play in this evening's game at Birmingham City.
July 20, 2018
Warrington joins Lincoln
Ex-Rovers goalkeeper Andy Warrington has been appointed to the backroom staff at Lincoln City after leaving Grimsby Town during the summer.
Andy departed from Blundell Park after another change of manager at the club, which ended a three year stay at the club as their goalkeeping coach.
He takes up the same role at Sincil Bank, working alongside the newly arrived boss Danny Cowley. As well as being the club's goalkeeping coach, Warrington will be registered as a player and will act as the back-up to first choice keeper James McKeown.
July 20, 2018
Rovers loan move for McCoulsky on hold
Doncaster Rovers have been linked with a move for young Bristol City striker Shawn McCoulsky - but a medical condition has put the move in doubt.
After being linked with the player, it now turns out that he has a heart condition which was diagnosed while he was on loan at Newport County last season, and this could well prove to be a stumbling block in a move to Rovers.
McCann has confirmed that a move for McCoulsky will take place 'later in the loan window', commenting: "I had a conversation with Lee Johnson in the early part of my days here. It was just speaking to him about Shawn, knowing what he'd done at Newport last year. But the boy is having a problem which I don't want to go into, with him not being too well. It's something we may look at again towards the end of the window and see how he is. But unfortunately, in football it's about timing and if the right one comes up for us before then it is what it is."
July 18, 2018
Moussa back at Gills - for now
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Franck Moussa has been given a chance to impress at Gillingham after being invited to join them for pre-season training.
The 28 year old Belgian spent the second half of last season at the Gills following half a season of being without a club.
He only played twice for the club during that time, but despite failing to make a great impact on the team, has been invited to the pre-season period at the club.
Boss Steve Lovell said: “I didn’t see a lot of him when he was here before in games so I said he could come back and have a pre-season with us. Franck is a good player. I have given him an opportunity and we will see how it goes."
July 18, 2018
Ikeme opens cancer unit
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has made his first public appearance since he revealed that he is in remission after being diagnosed with leukaemia a year ago.
The 32 year old missed all of last season and also missed out on playing for Nigeria in the Word Cup due to his illness, but looked healthy when he helped to open a new chemotherapy unit at Solihull Hospital earlier this month.
While Carl is not ready to say anything publicly about his illness, he was part of the opening ceremony, which also included Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi.
Clinical director Dr Nikolousis said "I'm really pleased to see Carl looking really healthy and making sure we did the best for Carl and all the patients we have. For somebody who has had treatment and understands exactly how things work in chemotherapy, for us is a massive thing. And for the patients. They actually see well known people have treatment and to understand how they feel, and how they feel about cancer and cancer care."
"(Support for Carl) is all over the world. You saw in the World Cup with Iceland having their shirts signed for Carl, I think there's massive support. It's a worldwide perception about cancer care – everybody understands how cancer patients can feel and how important it is to give them support and the love they need undergoing treatment with chemotherapy which is a very intensive treatment. It's really nice to see all the people getting involved in cancer care."
July 18, 2018
Houghton joins MK Dons
Jordan Houghton, who spent last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers from Chelsea, has signed for Milton Keynes Dons on a two year contract. Houghton was released by Chelsea at the end of his contract after being unable to break into the first team picture at Stamford Bridge.
While at one stage it looked highly likely that Jordan would join Rovers, he opted to keep the move on a loan basis back in January, and the departure of Darren Ferguson in the summer probably put paid to any remaining chances that he would join Roves.
Houghton becomes boss Paul Tisdale's fifth signing of the summer, and after signing, he told their official web site: "I’m very happy to be here. I had a long chat with the manager a couple of days ago - we sat down for a good couple of hours and I got a good feel for him and the place. Before I spoke to him I was excited over the prospect of playing here but when I sat down and spoke with him it ticked another box for me. Although I do have a lot of experience, I am still young and I still have a lot of developing to do, and there have been lots of examples over the years of MK Dons bringing players through. I’m looking forward to the development side and hopefully that’ll come hand in hand with the winning side of football."
Paul Tisdale said of his new midfielder: “Jordan is a young and talented player and he has had a good experience already. We hope that he will join us and be a part of the Club’s development and progress over the next two or three years. He’s certainly got the potential to go with us on our journey."
July 18, 2018
Middleton on trials at Hartlepool
Ex-Rovers midfielder Harry Middleton appeared for Hartlepool United in their pre-season game against Billingham Town 11 days ago while he hopes to impress sufficiently to earn himself a contact at the National League club.
And it was Middleton who scored the goal for Pools, who only managed to draw the game, with a "moment of brilliance" which saw him fire an unstoppable shot form the edge of the box into the top corner of the net.
Middleton was released by Port Vale at the end of last season, but spent much of last season on loan at Halifax Town.
July 16, 2018
McCann explains why Strachan left
Grant McCann has commented on the reasons why Gavin Strachan left Doncaster Rovers upon McCann's appointment, even though the club's idea was that all the backroom staff would remain at the club.
However, he insisted that he had a good relationship with Strachan, saying: "When I left Peterborough he was one of the first people to ring me. I think it was down to him having to get up really early in mornings and he’s loyal to Darren, which I can understand in football. Also I wanted to bring in my own number two any way. I wanted to do that before and the board knew that. It was regardless of Strachs, if I could get who I wanted in somewhere. It made it a little bit easier for me. It’s disappointing to see a good man leave in Strachs but I’m sure no doubt him and Darren will be at a very good club in the near future."
July 16, 2018
Khumalo leaves Bidvest
South African club Bidvest Wits have confirmed that two of their most experienced players, one of which is ex-Rovers defender Bongani Khumalo, are leaving the club as part of "wholesale changes" to their squad. Bidvest were the reigning league champions, but had a poor season and, after flirting with relegation, managed a 13th place finish.
A further four players from their squad are confirmed to have left.
Bongani joined Bidvest Wits from SuperSport United in January 2016 after being released by Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2015.
July 16, 2018
Fortune training with Grimsby
Former Rovers loan striker Marc-Antoine Fortune is reportedly training with Grimsby Town and attended their pre-season training camp at Warwick earlier this month.
Fortune was released by Southend United at the end of last season, although he was then reported to have returned with their squad at the start of pre-season training.
With both clubs rather vague on details, it looks like the 36 year old striker is on trial at Grimsby with the hope that he will earn a contract with them for the forthcoming season.
July 16, 2018
Johnstone signs for Baggies
After playing on loan at Aston Villa for the past 18 months, West Bromwich Albion have sneaked in to sign former Rovers loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United on a full transfer, believed to be for a transfer fee of around £6 million.
New head coach Darren Moore has given Johnstone a four year contract.
Johnstone may have been at Manchester United for several years, but the 25 year old did not manage to make a first team appearance in his seven year stay, and had loan spells out at Scunthorpe United, Walsall, Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town and Preston North End.
July 16, 2018
McCann will give youth a chance
New boss Grant McCann has promised to give the younger players a chance of first team football at Doncaster Rovers - if they deserve it.
So from that point of view, the emphasis that Darren Ferguson had on developing players should continue, and the link-up between the youth team set-up and first team seems assured.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star after his appointment, McCann said: "I spoke to the U18s and had a really good chat with them. It was to say that it doesn't matter what age you are, whether you're 16 or 30, if you're good enough then you'll play. I said that to the young boys. They're not frozen out. I think I gave 14 players from the U18s their debut when I was at Peterborough, over the 17 months I was there. If they're good enough then they'll play."
He added: "Kieran (Scarff, Academy Manager) was the Under 15s manager when I came in to work with him. And then he moved into an Academy manager role at Peterborough. I know him well and how he works. I know John Schofield, having been a coach of mine at Scunthorpe. It's been a nice introduction at this club."
July 13, 2018
Rovers sign Leeds youngster
Doncaster Rovers have completed the loan signing of young Leeds United striker Mallik Wilks.
The 19 year old has joined Rovers on a six month loan, and is a player that boss Grant McCann has been watching for a while.
Wilks told DROS: "The gaffer came to watch me last season whilst I was at Accrington and he was at Peterborough, so I knew he had been after me for a while. He is a good manager and I know he will get the best out of me. I see Doncaster getting promotion to the Championship and I want to play a part in that, I won the league with Accrington last season and I want to keep progressing. Doncaster Rovers are a real community club and I am delighted to be here."
McCann added: "He’s going to give us the in-behind pace that I think you definitely need in this league. I’ve got John Marquis who likes to go that way, but can go the other way. Alex Kiwomya can run. Alfie Beestin likes to come short. Alfie May likes to go behind. We want to have a mixture of all of those strengths and he would add to that."
July 13, 2018
Rovers sign Crawford
On Tuesday, Doncaster Rovers confirmed the signing of attacking midfielder Ali Crawford, with the former Hamilton Academical player signing a two year contract.
He becomes Grant McCann's first signing of the summer, and marks Crawford's first English club, having played the last 11 years for the Accies.
Crawford commented: "I’m buzzing to get started and meet the rest of the squad, it’s been a long time coming but it feels good to be be here. I got a call from my agent to say that Doncaster were interested and once I’d spoken to the manager it was sorted very quickly."
He added: "The manager had a lot to do with me signing for the club, the way he was talking about how he wants to play, the open and expansive play, the attacking football which is my style. It is good to know that he wanted me here and get me involved with the squad quite quickly, I am an attacking midfielder who likes to get on the ball and make things happen. I scored quite a few free-kicks last season, created a lot from dead ball situations which I think I am quite good at, and I just generally like to get on the ball as much as I can."
July 13, 2018
Rovers deny reports for McCoulsky
Doncaster Rovers have played down reports in the Bristol press that striker Shawn McCoulsky is set to move to South Yorkshire on loan.
The reports claim that a loan for the 21 year old has been agreed between the two clubs, with the move set to go through at the end of the month.
However, a "Rovers spokesperson" told the Doncaster Star that "he is unaware of such an agreement".
July 13, 2018
Wilcox leaves Rovers
So much for the job specification for the new manager of Doncaster Rovers stipulating that the boss would have to work with the existing backroom staff.
Yesterday, Chief Scout (or "Head of Recruitment" as it's now called) Russ Wilcox left Doncaster Rovers, and is the second of the coaching staff to leave the club, following assistant manager Gavin Strachan, who left the club on the day that Gavin McCann joined.
McCann appears to have already got someone lined up for the role, as he commented to DROS: "I’d like to thank Russ for his efforts during my time at the club, and I wish him all the best for the future. I am keen to recruit my own personnel in that position, which supports my vision of where I want the club to go. I’ve already spoken to the right people and am excited to have signed Ali Crawford and Mallik Wilks, and may have more additions before the start of the season."
July 10, 2018
Frickley Athletic v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers will play their second game of the summer this evening as they make the short trip to face Frickley Athletic.
Boss Grant McCann was pleased at what he saw in Saturday's game at Alfreton, and is hoping for the players to progress in certain areas of their play.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, McCann said: "I think it'll be the same sort of game, to the same sort of standard. It gives us the chance to have a look at some of the boys to see if they can produce for us in League One this season. On Saturday's evidence there is a lot of encouraging signs but again, lots for us to work on."
James Coppinger suffered a minor ankle injury during training at La Manga last week, and will miss the game, along with Tommy Rowe and Will Longbottom, both of who continue to recover from injury.
He also revealed that Rovers will play a "behind closed doors" game against Leeds United at the weekend, comprising of two 60 minute halves. McCann explained: "It'll be a 120 minute game on Saturday so that will give the players 60 minutes against a decent enough Leeds team with their 23s and a few first teamers."
July 10, 2018
Byrne is new assistant manager
Doncaster Rovers have announced that Cliff Byrne has been appointed as Grant McCann's assistant manager, following the departure of Gavin Strachan recently.
Byrne has been working as a Sunderland Under-23's coach, but jumped at the chance to move to the Keepmoat Stadium.
Byrne played alongside McCann at Scunthorpe United, with the pair being in their League One promotion side of 2008/09.
After his appointment, Byrne told the Yorkshire Post: "I am excited to get going and the first impressions are really good, Grant made contact with me early on in the week and it moved pretty smoothly from there really. Myself and Grant have a close bond, we share the same outlook on the game in how we want to go about things and it is a fantastic opportunity for me to come and work here with him."
"The main focus is to work with the manager, the coaching staff and getting into the first-team group, and my aim is to improve everybody individually and collectively. I have been working with Sunderland U23s, we had close links with the first-team, so you had a real feel for what they needed and a lot of the younger players really developed. That experience will help me in this job as we have a young squad here, so I am looking forward to getting in and improving on the good work that the club has already done at youth level. There is a lot of togetherness in this side which is important, the club is a well run club. They have a vocal and loyal support, and us as a staff want to deliver."
Sunderland issued a statement from Academy manager Paul Reid, which said: "We wholeheartedly congratulate Cliff on his new appointment. Whilst naturally we are sad to see him leave the Academy, we appreciate his desire to take his first steps into management and were keen to support him in the next stage of his career. In doing so, we agreed to allow him to leave straight away and he goes with our sincere good wishes for the future."
July 10, 2018
Listed trio will get chance
Grant McCann has confirmed that Liam Mandeville, Mitchell Lund and Tyler Garratt will remain on the transfer list, thus confirming a decision made by his predecessor, Darren Ferguson.
However, they will get a chance to prove themselves and he has not ruled out the chance of changing his mind if any of them do sufficiently well in pre-season training.
All three stayed behind at Cantley Park when the first team squad travelled to Spain, instead they trained with the youth team.
McCann told the Doncaster Star: "I spoke to the three boys on my first day. I said it’s a new manager. I wanted to ask them about last year and why they were out. But everyone has got a chance now. That goes right down to the under 18s. They’ve all got a chance to impress. But one thing I am, once I’ve made my decision on people, I’m very, very brutal to go ahead and do it. If I need to do that then I’ll do it and I’ll bring players in to strengthen us. But I’ll give people a chance."
July 10, 2018
Rovers have "competitive budget"
New boss Grant McCann has said that Rovers have a "very competitive" budget for the forthcoming season, although it is not something that he wants to get too involved with.
He told the press after his appointment last month: "The budget is very competitive for this league. A lot of people always talk about budgets and stuff but it doesn’t really interest me. It’s something I never really dealt with at Peterborough, I just left it to the secretary. I know for a fact the budget wasn’t as big there as it is here. They do it a different way there, Darren [MacAnthony - Peterborough chairman] does bring in players on transfer fees so that adds to it. The budget here is competitive, definitely. But it doesn’t mean it’s the be all and end all."
Darren Ferguson is reported to have resigned last month after a disagreement with the board as to what funds would be required to mount a promotion challenge in the coming season.
July 9, 2018
Alfreton Town 0 Rovers 1
Doncaster Rovers got their pre-season campaign off to a winning start with victory at Alfreton Town on a swelteringly hot day.
Boss Grant McCann named a different side for each half of the game, as is often the case at this stage of the team's preparations.
A shift in playing style was made by McCann, with Rovers pressing as often as possible to give Alfreton minimal time on the ball.
Liam Mandeville and Tyler Garratt, both transfer listed by Darren Ferguson, were given their chance in this game and did their cause no harm.
Rovers went ahead 15 minutes after the break, with Joe Wright opening the scoring, with Alex Kiwomya and John Marquis causing the home defence many problems.
The heat played its part and chances for either side were at a premium, but all players appeared to come through the game unscathed, with the main focus being on building up fitness in time for the new season.
Doncaster Rovers (first half): Ian Lawlor, Danny Amos, Andy Butler, Tom Anderson, Niall Mason, Luke McCullough, Jacob Fletcher, Issam Ben Khemis, Liam Mandeville, Alfie Beestin, Alfie May
Doncaster Rovers (second half): Marko Marosi, Mitchell Lund, Joe Wright, Tyler Garratt, Danny Andrew, Matty Blair, Cody Prior, Ben Whiteman, Alex Kiwomya, John Marquis, Max Watters
July 9, 2018
McCann happy with players
New boss Grant McCann was pleased with the way his squad played in Saturday's game at Alfreton, with McCann hinting at what his shift in playing style may be by the time the new season started.
Speaking to DROS, he said: "We've been working a lot on our transition work, keeping two if not three of our forwards up front and then being able to break on teams, we did it at certain times, the pitch drying made it difficult at other times and we could have moved it a bit quicker. It takes a lot of work to be fit and to be robust to play in the way I want us to play, I've said before that my full backs are going to have to be really fit because they're going to be covering the most ground on the pitch, and I thought they did that here. We're looking for the players that are going to produce and help us progress in League One this season, and on the showing here, there are a lot of encouraging signs, but there are still things to improve on before August rolls around."
He added: "It was a good chance to see the progression we've made over the last couple of weeks, especially after the week we just had in La Manga and I think that we got what we wanted from the game. The heat can be a leveller at times, but I thought the lads stood firm. The pitch did dry up a little bit as the game went on, but it was in great condition and we got just what we wanted out of it."
July 9, 2018
New signing imminent
Grant McCann has heavily hinted that his first signing since joining Doncaster Rovers should be made in time for him to be included in tomorrow evening's match against Frickley Athletic, with McCann set to include another trialist in his squad.
He told the Doncaster Free Press this weekend: "There is progress. Hopefully we'll have one in the building on Monday or Tuesday. It'll add to us. A midfield player. We're pending on another one in an attacking area, but we've hit a few complications on that one. We're hoping to have a trialist for Tuesday, someone I know and someone who can light this league up if we can get him fit."
McCann has confirmed that he is looking at a large number of potential recruits, and played down an enquiry about to transfer listed players at Peterborough United. He commented: "It's that time of the year when agents are busy and the phones are always ringing. I'd be lying if I said that there wasn't conversations with some agents regarding some of the Peterborough players but they're on the transfer list so isn't that what you're meant to do? I've spoken to, not only the Peterborough players, but a lot of players. At this time of the year everyone is looking to improve their squad and we're no different."
July 9, 2018
Fortune training with Southend
In a surprise move, former Rovers loan striker Marc Antoine Fortune has reported back to Southend United for pre-season training after being released by the club at the end of last season.
It is likely that Fortune has been allowed to return to work on his fitness, but still with the prospect of him moving on to a new club for the new season.
July 7, 2018
Alfreton Town v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers will play their first pre-season game of the summer today as they travel to face Alfreton Town at the Impact Arena. It will mark the first game since Grant McCann was named as Rovers' boss late last mont, with Rovers set to have two new faces on display, with Max Watters joining the club before Darren Ferguson resigned. The other 'new' face will be Tom Anderson, who has turned his loan from Burnley into a full transfer this summer.
With McCann saying that he would assess his squad before making new signings, it will be interesting to see if there are any/many trialists taking part today, or whether he will use the time to give the Development Squad and some youth teamers a run-out.
Ticket prices for the game will be £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for children.
July 7, 2018
Early kick-off time today
Please note that the two clubs have decided to bring the kick-off time of today's game at Alfreton Town from the planned 3pm to noon, which means the game will be over before England's World Cup game against Sweden begins.
Alfreton have announced that the England game will be shown in their club bar, and Rovers supporters are welcome to stay and enjoy watching the match at the Impact Arena.
July 7, 2018
Rovers accused of low pay
Doncaster Rovers are one of a number of organizations found guilty of paying employees at a rate below the national minimum wage, it has been reported.
A number of publications, including Sky Sports, the Guardian and the Doncaster Star, have named Rovers as being one of over 200 employers found to have paid employees below the required hourly rate by HMRC.
It turns out that Rovers breached the minimum wage obligations for two people, one of which was as a result of the employee asking for more to be paid into their pension contribution, and the other was not paid for a spell of unpaid work experience that led to a permanent post - which, according to the rules, should have seen the work experience paid.
Rovers issued a statement that said: "The first instance regards an employee who requested a larger proportion of their monthly wage be put into their pension contributions. Doncaster Rovers honoured the employee’s request, however HMRC have since informed the club that this resulted in the employee having a take home pay below the minimum wage amount and whilst this was at the employees request, was in fact a technical breach of obligations."
"The second instance regards an individual on unpaid work experience. The individual in question performed well in their work experience and was given a paid employment opportunity at Doncaster Rovers. Whilst their paid employment was at the required minimum wage levels, Doncaster Rovers were informed as the volunteer position had led to the paid employment, Doncaster Rovers should have back paid the individual for their unpaid work experience. This would not have been the case had the individual not have been offered a paid employment opportunity."
July 7, 2018
Rovers turn down bids for Marquis
The Scotsman and Sky Sports have reported that Doncaster Rovers have turned down substantial bids for striker John Marquis.
Reports say that Aberdeen and Peterborough United have submitted bids of £500,000 and £750,000 for Rovers' top scorer for the last two seasons, although both clubs have seen their bids rejected by Rovers.
Aberdeen are trying to strengthen their squad to mount a title challenge in the SPL with Celtic, while Peterborough are hoping to line up a replacement for the in demand Jack Marriott, who is being targeted by several clubs in the Championship.
July 7, 2018
Carlisle United re-sign Adam
Carlisle United have announced that they have re-signed goalkeeper Adam Collin, who was at Rovers on loan earlier in his career, on a one year contract, with the option of a further year's extension.
The 33 year old keeper was previously with Carlisle between 2009 and 2013, during which time he made 159 appearances, and has previously worked with Carlisle boss John Sheridan at Notts County. He will compete with Middlesbrough loanee Joe Fryer for the goalkeeper's jersey next season.
Collin becomes Carlisle's fifth signing of the summer.
July 6, 2018
No signings until McCann checks out squad
New Rovers boss Grant McCann will not be rushing in to making his first signings of the summer, preferring to get to know his players instead. He is taking advantage of the squad's week away at La Manga in Spain to find out about his squad.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, McCann said: "I know there’s huge potential in this squad. If I can add to it, and bring one or two others in to make us stronger, then I will. But I think it’s more important that I get to know this group over the next week or so to see what they have to offer, even though I know most of them anyway. I’m looking forward to the next week and getting to know them even more."
"Of course, I know what we need to strengthen. Of course, there are areas where in the back of my mind I’m thinking that will help us if we get to build in this area. But I think I’ve got to give people a chance for the first week or two, just to see if they’re ready to step up to it."
July 6, 2018
Forte joins Exeter
Former Rovers loan striker Jonathan Forte has joined Exeter City after being released at the end of his contract at Notts County this summer.
The former England youth international is a Barbados international, and has also played for Southampton, Scunthorpe United, Oldham Athletic and Sheffield United.
Now aged 31, he scored 10 goals in 38 games for Notts County last season, and he becomes Exeter's second signing of the summer.
July 6, 2018
Jones enjoys World Cup glory
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Graeme Jones is enjoying taking part in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as part of the management team with Belgium.
It may be an unlikely partnership, but Jones is assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, with the pair previously having worked together at Wigan Athletic.
And whatever they are doing is working, with Belgium dumping Brazil out of the competition in the last round to set up a semi-final game against France. From interviews, it seems that Jones and Martinez complement each other in many ways - Jones' strengths are his 'man management' skills, whereas Martinez is stronger with tactics, studying opponents etc.
July 6, 2018
McCann 'impressed' with players
In an interview with DROS, new boss Grant McCann has said that he is impressed by the players and backroom staff. He met them all on a busy first day in the job, which preceded this week's training trip to Spain.
He told them: "It was a really good day. The boys are looking great, it was great to meet them as well as the support staff and people behind the scenes at the stadium. It was a day of assessing things, getting to know people really."
Of the trip to La Manga, he added: "(It) is going to be really good for us, it is ideal for us all to get to know each other a bit more. We can set our targets, culture, discipline and standards for the year - making sure everyone knows what their roles in the team and responsibilities are."
June 29, 2018
Rovers appoint McCann
The search is over, and three weeks after Darren Ferguson's shock resignation, Doncaster Rovers have announced that Grant McCann is the new manager of the club.
It marks 38 year old McCann's return to management after leaving Peterborough United in February, but after two rounds of interviews, the Northern Irishman was the board's first choice.
Rover chairman David Blunt commented: "We were impressed with the standard of candidates for the role, and put the shortlisted people through a rigorous selection process. Grant was our first choice as manager as soon as we had completed the interviews, having displayed a real passion for taking on the role and showing how he can lead the club into play-off contention. He is one of the most promising young coaches in football, which was shown in his time at Peterborough. His win ratio at Peterborough was 40 per cent, which was particularly impressive for his first role in management."
McCann added: "Doncaster are a club with real potential and ambition, and after meeting the chairman and chief executive I am confident we can work together to get the club into the Championship and stay there. We have the makings of a successful season, with a good squad of players and backroom staff already in place to provide the foundations."
McCann has signed a rolling contract and took his first training session on Thursday.
June 29, 2018
Strachan leaves Rovers
Gavin Strachan left Doncaster Rovers on the day that Grant McCann was named as the new Rovers boss. Strachan was brought to Rovers by previous boss Darren Ferguson, so maybe it wasn't the biggest surprise, although it was disappointing, as the club had stressed that the new manager would have to work with the existing coaching staff to ensure continuity.
Strachan, only a year older than the new manager (39), thanked the players and supporters for their support during his two year stay at Rovers, and told DROS: "The level of support we’ve had over the years has been overriding, that relationship between the staff, the players and the fans is back again and that gives me a real sense of pride. From the time we went down into League Two, even at that point, the fans were so supportive over the years, and I have nothing but thanks to them really. Looking back I am really proud to have played a part, I have worked with some fantastic individuals ranging from the players, people at the stadium and the wonderful staff at Cantley Park. The players have been brilliant, the buy in from the senior professionals was vital and they made my job easier with their attitude."
June 29, 2018
Spurr joins Fleetwood
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Tommy Spurr has joined Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan from Preston North End.
The 30 year old will play out the final year of his Preston contract at Fleetwood, where the controversial Joey Barton was named manager in the summer.
Spurr joined Preston from Blackburn Rovers in July 2016, but has only made 18 starts and seven substitute appearances since then, with a four month absence due to a torn medial ligament in his left knee restricting his opportunities last season.
Barton has now brought five players into Fleetwood since being appointed earlier in the month.
June 29, 2018
Webster signs new deal with Lions
Ex-Rovers central defender Byron Webster has signed a new twelve month contract with Millwall. He has been with the Lions since 2014, but a serious knee injury early on last season me and he could only play 12 games. He is now just two games short of the hundred game mark for the club.
Byron is ready to resume action this summer, having fully recovered from injury, and commented: "The leg is as good as new. It feels good. I can bend it, I can run on it and I can kick a ball."
June 25, 2018
Good news for Carl!
We are very pleased to read that former Rovers loan goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is in "complete remission"after spending the last year being treated for acute leukaemia.
Carl was diagnosed last summer after getting abnormal blood results in pre-season training, which led to the leukaemia diagnosis.
While he still has a long way to go before he can contemplate playing football again, this is great news and we wish Carl well in his progress.
Speaking to the BBC West Midlands, Carl said: "I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality. What next? Who knows. I'm just taking it a day at a time."
Ikeme was given an honorary squad number in the Nigeria squad for this summer's World Cup in Russia,, with national coach Gernot Rohr saying: "My biggest regret is the absence of Carl."
Wolves issued a statement which said: "There have been some fantastic moments this year but this by far tops them all. We're all delighted for you Carl Ikeme. See you soon."
June 25, 2018
Dene back at Brechin
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Dene Shields has returned to Scottish club Brechin City for the third time, the club have announced.
Shields has had a productive time playing in Malta for Xewkija Tigers and was most recently at Brechin in 2015.
Born in Edinburgh, he played for Rovers during the 2002/03 season, playing four times - but only starting one game in that time.
June 25, 2018
Scunthorpe cup game confirmed
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that their Carabao Cup game at Scunthorpe United will be played on Tuesday, 14th August with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Tickets for the fixture will be £12 for adults, £8 for concessions and £2 for 18 & under.
Category A season ticket holders can gain a discount of £1 on these prices for a "priority window" period. The date that tickets will go on sale will be confirmed in due course.
June 25, 2018
Pre-season testing goes well
Rovers' medical and fitness staff have been testing the general physical condition of the Rovers squad during last week, ahead of the squad returning to pre-season training today.
Rob Lee, head of sports science at Rovers, has been pleased with the condition of the players, commenting to DROS: "Pre-season testing is all about seeing the general physical condition of the players when they come back in, the physios will do all of their checks, and we’ll do strength and power testing to make sure the lads have stuck to their programmes over the off-season. Once we have the results from all the tests we can then individualise what the players are going to do, then we will do the body composition and body fat and weight, the stuff that the manager really wants to know. After that we’re out on the pitch to do some speed and agility work with the lads ready for the start of pre-season training next week, the tests give not just us but the players a good chance to see how the programmes have worked for them."
With Rovers not having appointed their new manager yet, pre-season training will begin under the guidance of Gavin Strachan.
June 23, 2018
Birmingham ticket details
Ticket prices for the forthcoming pre-season game against Birmingham City have now been released.
The game, which is to be played at the ground of Solihull Moors on Friday, 20th July, and kicks off at 7pm, have the following ticket prices:
Adults £10 - Senior Citizens (65+) £5 - Young adults (16-24) £5 - Juniors (15 & under) £1
All supporters under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, or they will be refused entry at the turnstile.
Tickets go on sale to season ticket holders on Monday, 25th June, and on general sale from Monday, 2nd July.
June 23, 2018
Wright joins Sheridan at Carlisle
Former Doncaster Rovers winger Tommy Wright has been appointed as the new assistant manager at Carlisle United. He joins another former Rover, John Sheridan, at the club as part of the new management team.
Wright as been assistant to Sheridan in the past, but their friendship dates back to their playing days when both were at Leeds United. They have been manager and assistant at Oldham from 2006, moving on to Chesterfield between 2009 and 2012. Wright had a spell at Barnsley, before being sacked for being accused of taking £5,000 from undercover newspaper reporters posing as agents - something which he denied and it remained unproven. Sheridan and Wright teamed up again at Oldham last year.
Wright commented on his new appointment: "Me and Shez have worked together before and had quite a bit of success. First and foremost he's one of my best friends, but I'm not here because I'm his friend – I'm here to help him achieve success at Carlisle. We've always had this thing about Carlisle even when we've come here years ago. Shez said he thought there was potential here and I think he always had it in the back of his mind that it was a club he'd like to manage. I always thought the fans were a bit hostile, but not in a bad way - they're behind the team, and as an away manager or coach you tend to get a bit of stick from the Paddock behind you. It's a club with a lot of potential and it can kick on."
June 23, 2018
Frickley prices announced
Ticket prices for the pre-season game at Frickley Athletic on Tuesday, 10th July, have been confirmed by the two clubs.
Tickets will be £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for under-16s.
Please note that tickets will only be available at the Frickley ground and no tickets will be on sale from the Keepmoat Stadium.
June 23, 2018
Warrington leaves Grimsby
Grimsby Town have confirmed that they have parted company with their goalkeeping coach Andy Warrington.
Andy has been with the Mariners since the summer of 2015, but has left after discussions with Grimsby's new manager, Michael Jolley, having previously worked under managers Paul Hurst, Marcus Bignot and Russell Slade.
Jolley told Grimsby's official club web site: "I would like to thank Andy for his excellent service to Grimsby Town – both before my appointment and during our brief time together. Having spoken with Andy at length, he has decided to move on for his own reasons and so we shake hands and wish him well in his future career. We are now in the process of identifying and recruiting a successor to Andy. Once that process is complete we will be in a position to make a further announcement."
June 22, 2018
Three compete for Rovers job
Three candidates are competing to become the next manager at Doncaster Rovers.
Two of those three are reported to have been invited back after impressing sufficiently during their initial interviews, while a third, who was not available for the first round of interviews, has been added.
If you are to believe the Doncaster Free Press, the two having second interviews are Stuart McCall and Gary Caldwell.
The next round of interviews are reported to be arranged for next Monday, and will take place out of the Doncaster area.
The Rovers board are hoping to announce their appointment before the end of next week, which means that Gavin Strachan will take charge of the club's first week of pre-season training.
June 22, 2018
2018/19 fixtures out
The fixtures for the 2018/19 season were released by the Football League yesterday morning, with Rovers starting their season on the road at Southend for the season's opening set of matches on Saturday, 4th August.
The season wraps up with a home game against Coventry City - slated for May 4th, but put your money on at least the kick-off times being changed due to TV coverage.
Boxing Day sees Rovers having to travel to Fleetwood, but at least they start 2019 at home with New Year's Day clash against Rochdale.
A full fixture list cannot be published on this site due to copyright restrictions, but can be viewed by clicking on the logo to the left.
June 22, 2018
Taylor-Sinclair joins Motherwell
Ex-Rovers defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair has joined SPL club Motherwell after being released by Plymouth Argyle this summer.
The 27 year old has signed a one year contract with Motherwell, with boss Stephen Robinson thinking that his style of play will be well suited to his new club.
Robinson told Well's official club web site: "We’re delighted to have secured Aaron’s services. His style of play fits perfectly into how we try to approach the game. He has an excellent pedigree, both here in the top flight and at a good level in England."
June 22, 2018
Yates joins Macclesfield
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Mark Yates has been appointed as the new manager of Macclesfield Town.
He has left Solihull Moors to take up his new post, and he takes over from John Askey at Macc, who resigned to move to Shrewsbury Town.
Yates has previously managed Kidderminster Harriers, Cheltenham Town and Crawley Town, and during his playing days was on the books at Birmingham City, Doncaster Rovers, Burnley, Kidderminster and Cheltenham.
June 19, 2018
Manager appointment delayed
The hope that the new manager of Doncaster Rovers would be appointed this week, thus enabling him to be in post before the squad report back for pre-season training seem to have ended, with the new boss not now expected to be confirmed until next week.
Rovers have now held interviews with six candidates on their short-list, but the Doncaster Free Press and Yorkshire Post are reporting that follow-up interviews will be held with at least two candidates before the board can make up their minds as to who is the right man for the job.
"Logistical issues" prevent those follow-up interviews being held this week, and next Monday looks to be the earliest opportunity for the board and candidates to meet.
June 19, 2018
Fixtures out on Thursday
The League One fixtures for the 2018/19 season will be released by the Football League at 9am on Thursday morning, with all 72 Football League clubs then knowing their schedule for the next nine months.
The new season will open on Saturday, 3rd August, with the season ending on Saturday, 4th May (or more likely Sunday, 5th May due to TV rescheduling).
There are changes to the "transfer window" this season, with all clubs unable to make further signings after 5pm on August 9th - much earlier than in past seasons.
June 19, 2018
Oscar joins Eastleigh
Ambitious non-league club Eastleigh have announced that they have signed former Rovers midfielder Oscar Gobern on a one year contract. The 27 year old played for Yeovil Town on non-contract terms last season, during which time he played 14 games, and is a free agent.
Oscar, who has previously played for Southampton, MK Dons and Queens Park Rangers, is Eastleigh's first signing of the summer.
June 19, 2018
New shirt sponsors for Rovers
There will be a new sponsors name on the Rovers shirts next season, caused by Virgin Trains losing the franchise of the East Coast rail line recently.
The new sponsors will be the London North Eastern Railway (LNER), who have taken the franchise over from Virgin, and their logo will appear on both home and away shirts for the 2018/19 season.
Rovers have announced that replica shirts of the 2018/19 season kit were due to go on sale last Friday.
June 17, 2018
Rovers get Scunthorpe in cup
The first round of the Carabao Cup has been made, and pairs Rovers against Scunthorpe United, with the match set to be played at Glanford Park.
Rovers played the Iron four times last season - in the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy, as well as the to League One games.
The game will be played in the week commencing 13th August.
June 17, 2018
Clarke-Harris joins Coventry
Coventry City have announced that they have signed ex-Rovers loanee Jonson Clarke-Harris on a two year contract. He spent the second half of last season on loan with them and made the move following his release from Rotherham United at the end of the season.
Jonson started off with Coventry's youth team, but after becoming the youngest player to appear in their first team as a 16 year old, was then released and went on to play for Bury, Oldham Athletic and Doncaster Rovers, but his time at Rotherham United proved frustrating. He moved to the Millers in September 2014 for a reported club record fee, but only managed 11 goals in just over 90 appearances.
June 17, 2018
Lincoln sign Harry
Lincoln City have signed defender Harry Toffolo after he was released by Millwall in the summer. Harry had been on loan at Rovers while he was on the books at Norwich City, where he had been since he was a trainee, but injury cut short his time at Rovers and returned to Norwich City before moving on to Millwall in January once he had regained full fitness.
He has also had loans at Swindon Town, Rotherham United, Peterborough United and Scunthorpe United.
June 17, 2018
Timlin moves to Stevenage
Former Rovers loan midfielder Michael Timlin has joined League Two club Stevenage Borough after he was released at the end of his contract with Southend United this summer.
The move, which will go through on 1st July, ends a seven year stay for Timlin at Roots Hall, during which time he played over 250 games.
Boro chairman Phil Wallace told the club website: "We have all worked hard to make this happen. We needed an experienced head in central midfield to help our young players develop."
June 16, 2018
Blades to visit the Keepmoat
Doncaster Rovers have announced another pre-season fixture, which follows on from the previously announced trips to Frickley Athletic, Alfreton Town, Grimsby Town and Birmingham City.
Championship club Sheffield United will visit the Keepmoat Stadium on Friday, 27th July, with the game kicking off at 7:45pm.
There will be a 50p reduction for all season ticket holders, with seats reserved until Sunday, 15th July.
Ticket prices for the game will be:
General: Adults £10 - Senior Citizens (60+) £5 - Young adults (18-24) £5 - Juniors (17 & under) £1
Season ticket holders: Adults £9.50 - Senior Citizens (60+) £4.50 - Young adults (18-24) £4.50 - Juniors (17 & under) 50p
Tickets will go on sale on Monday morning.
June 16, 2018
Mills returns from Australia
Former Rovers loan defender Joseph Mills has returned to England after two years with Australian club Perth Glory and has signed for Forest Green Rovers.
Prior to his move Down Under, Joseph played for Oldham Athletic.
He told the BBC after signing for Forest Green: "Moving to Australia was always going to be a two year thing, from a kid I always wanted to test myself in a different environment. I had two great years but I'm coming back to start a new chapter here."
June 16, 2018
Houghton released by Chelsea
Midfielder Jordan Houghton has been released by Chelsea upon the expiry of his contract. He has been on loan at Rovers for the 2017/18 season, but with the departure of Darren Ferguson, the chances of him moving on a full transfer are uncertain.
Rovers had agreed a deal with Chelsea for a permanent move in the January transfer window, only for the player to opt to extend his loan, with Ferguson saying that Rovers would look at the possibility of a permanent move again in the summer.
The last statement by Darren Ferguson before he resigned revealed that a decision has still not been made - and with budgetary issues reported to have led to Ferguson's resignation, would Rovers be able to meet the players wage demands?
June 16, 2018
Cotterill set to return to England
Former Rovers winger David Cotterill is set to return to England after a short stint with Indian side ATK, for who he only played three games.
Several Championship clubs are reported to be interested in acquiring his services, with Swansea City, Blackburn Roves and Bolton Wanderers mentioned.
Cotterill played for Birmingham City before his move to India, but only played occasionally after the arrival of Steve Cotterill as boss at St Andrews.
June 15, 2018
Interviews start today
Interviews for the vacancy of first team manager at Doncaster Rovers are set to begin today, with the Doncaster Star reporting that the six on the short-list will speak to Rovers on Friday and Monday at " a location outside of the borough".
The Rovers board are still hoping that they will have their man in post before the squad are return for pre-season training on June 25th.
Rumours abound as to who is on the short-list former Bradford boss Stuart McCall is mentioned numerous times. Others mentioned in various articles include Paul Heckingbottom, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Mark Warburton and David Hopkin - but rumours and bookies' favourites rarely prove to be the right answer!
Richie Wellens has also been mentioned, as has Neil Redfearn, who has effectively been ruled out by accepting the job of manager at Liverpool Ladies this week.
June 15, 2018
Wheater has contract extended
Ex-Rovers loan defender David Wheater has had his contract at Bolton Wanderers extended by a further twelve months. Bolton's boss, Phil Parkinson, elected to take up the extension option in his David's contract, meaning that he extends his stay at the club, which he joined back in January 2011. This means he now becomes the club's longest serving player.
Wheater played 7 games for Rovers while on loan from Middlesbrough in the 2005/06 season.
June 15, 2018
Coppinger thanks Fergie
Rovers midfielder James Coppinger has paid tribute to Darren Ferguson, who left the club earlier this month.
Coppinger wrote on his Twitter page: "After the dust has settled, I would just like to thank and wish Darren Ferguson all the best for the future. A mutual respect back up with hard work and a fantastic promotion."
He added: "He has been massive for extending my career over the past couple of seasons."
June 15, 2018
Clubs vote to end programme obligation
Football League clubs have voted in favour of a motion at their AGM which means that they are no longer obliged to produce a printed match day programme for every home game.
A number of clubs had wanted the option due to declining sales and increasing costs, meaning that some clubs have been making a loss on production.
It means that all clubs can make their own decision on whether to produce anything, even on a match by match basis if they wish.
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they will continue to have a match day programme, with 80% of those responding to a recent survey voting in favour. However, the club have intimated that changes will be made "to make it easier for us to produce while still providing an entertaining and informative read".
June 14, 2018
Stan Anderson
We are saddened to learn of the death of former Doncaster Rovers manager Stan Anderson at the age of 84.
Stan died at his home in Doncaster on Sunday, 10th June after being in hospital for a week with chest pains.
He was manager at Belle Vue between 1975 and 1978, taking charge of 174 games, of which 67 were won, 47 drawn and 60 lost. During his watch, he brought Brendan O'Callaghan and Ian Miller to Rovers, as well as capturing future England star Tony Woodcock on loan.
Stan was born in Horden in County Durham on 27th February 1934, joining Sunderland as an amateur in 1949, signing as a professional on his 17th birthday in 1951, and made his first team debut against Portsmouth in October 1952.
He moved on to Newcastle in 1963, which was followed by Middlesbrough, who he later managed. Stan became manager at AEK Athens, Doncaster Rovers and Bolton Wanderers, as well as being assistant manager at Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers.
A keen golfer, Stan continued to play right up until this year.
We would like to send our condolences to his friends and family at what must be a sad time for them, and thank him for his part in the Doncaster Rovers story.
June 14, 2018
Rovers shortlist candidates
Doncaster Rovers are reported to have received around 150 applications for the vacancy of first team manager, with the closing date being Monday evening.
The Rovers' hierarchy have drawn up a shortlist of six candidates with interviews reported to be set to start tomorrow.
No names have been mentioned by the club as having applied for the job, so any names mentioned elsewhere are purely speculation. Stuart McCall, the former Bradford City boss, is said to be the favourite with the bookies for the job, with a number of people with Rovers connections, including Richie Wellens, who was recently sacked by Oldham Athletic, also mentioned, although he is unlikely to meet the job specification that Rovers set.
Rovers are hoping to have their man in post before the squad are due to report back for pre-season training on June 25th.
June 14, 2018
Wellens sacked
Ex-Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens has been sacked by Oldham Athletic, following their relegation to League Two this summer.
Wellens had been in charge at Boundary Park since last October, enjoying an early run of success, but was ultimately unable to stop the club finishing in the bottom four of League One.
Early signs from Oldham suggested that Wellens would keep his job, but that decision suddenly changed last week, with his departure being confirmed last Friday.
In a statement, the club said: "Oldham Athletic can confirm that the contract of manager Richie Wellens has been terminated with immediate effect. We would like to thank Richie for all his efforts. Whilst he was unable to guide us to League One safety after being appointed in October, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of professionalism and dedication on his part and we wish him every success for the future. The club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time."
June 14, 2018
Afro Goal Machine wins World Cup for England!
Former Rovers striker Jason Price was among the goal scorers as England became the Senior World Cup champions on Sunday. Price scored England's second goal as they beat Scotland in the final by a healthy 4-0 margin.
It was the second victory over the Auld Enemy in the competition, with England having beaten the Scots 2-1 in the group stage.
The competition, which was played in Thailand, also saw former Rovers players Dean Barrick, Rod Thornley and Tristram Whitman in the England squad.
In the group stages, England beat Scotland 2-1, Taiwan 4-1 and New Zealand 2-1, then beating Group A runners up Iran 4-0 in the semi-finals. Scotland came second in Group B to reach the semi-finals, where they beat Australia 4-0 to reach the final.
It is the third year in succession that England have been crowned Senior World Cup winners.
June 14, 2018
Redfearn joins Liverpool
Ex-Rovers midfielder Neil Redfearn, who led Doncaster Rovers Belles to the WSL2 title this last season, has left the club to join Liverpool Ladies as their new manager.
Redfearn, aged 52, switched to Liverpool, who play in the Women's Super League top flight, with Liverpool hoping to improve on their 6th place finish last season. They have won the WSL in 2013 and 2014.
Redfearn will have to rebuild the Liverpool Ladies squad, who have lost six players since the end of the season.
Redfearn told Liverpool's official club site: "It is a massive privilege and real honour for me to have been appointed as manager of Liverpool Ladies. It is a team with big potential which should be challenging for trophies on a regular basis. I have every confidence that we will be competing at the top end of the Women's Super League this season. I am over the moon to have been given this opportunity and cannot wait to get started."
Liverpool's Chief Executive Officer Peter Moore said: "We are absolutely delighted to appoint Neil as the new Liverpool Ladies manager and have every faith in his ability to bring success to the Ladies team. Having spoken to Neil, I was really impressed by his sheer enthusiasm, desire and ambition to achieve great things for the club. He was the real outstanding candidate and we are all delighted to have him on board."
June 13, 2018
Filan joins Shrews
John Filan, who played three games for Doncaster Rovers on loan from Wigan Athletic in the 20016/07 season, has been appointed as the assistant manager at Shrewsbury Town. He joins new boss John Askey at the club as a consequence of previous boss and assistant, Paul Hurst and Chris Doig, electing to move to Ipswich Town after the disappointment of losing in the play-off final against Rotherham United last season.
All the remainder of Town's backroom team are staying at the club - boss John Askey commented: "John's got vast experience playing at the highest level, he's got all his coaching badges, and he was a big help to me when I was Macclesfield. I wanted someone that's strong, who backs me and who I get on with. I'm sure he will get on well with the players and create a good atmosphere around the place."
June 13, 2018
Sheridan is new Carlisle boss
Ex-Rovers midfielder John Sheridan has been appointed as the new manager of Carlisle United. He succeeds Keith Curle, who left the Cumbrians after a three and a half year stint at the club, with Sheridan leaving Fleetwood Town at the end of the season.
Sheridan told their official club web site: "There are challenges for the club, but I'm going to face them head on. I'm really proud to be Carlisle's new manager. I've no hesitation saying that my hopes are to get Carlisle promoted. I have ambition, vision and want to establish a strong DNA within the football club."
June 13, 2018
Grant signs for Plymouth
Plymouth Argyle have announced that they have signed Everton midfielder Conor Grant after his release from Goodison Park.
The 23 year old, who has also played for Doncaster Rovers on loan, was set to join Plymouth on loan in January, but the deal fell through because of the loan rules as he had already played for two clubs during the first half of the season. He had been on loan at Crewe Alexandra in the first half of the season, but his appearance for Everton's Under-21 side in the EFL Trophy was the game that scuppered his move to Plymouth in January.
In addition to announcing Conor's signing, Plymouth also confirmed that former Rovers loan keeper Kyle Letheren has signed a new contract to stay at the League One club after making eight appearances for them last season.
June 13, 2018
Kazenga released by Sunderland
Former Rovers loan striker Kazenga LuaLua has been released by relegated Sunderland after just a short time at the club. He made just six substitute appearances after joining the club from Brighton & Hove Albion in January. With the Black Cats being relegated from the Championship last season, several players are leaving the club, with new owner Stewart Donald and new boss Jack Ross starting to rebuild the club.
Kazenga played four times for Rovers during the 2008/09 season on loan from Newcastle United.
June 12, 2018
Milligan is the Main man
Former Rovers youth teamer Duncan Milligan has been named as the new manager at NCEL club Rossington Main.
Milligan takes over from Lee Danysz, who left 'by mutual consent' late last month, and comes after his recent stint as manager at Worksop Town.
Chairman Carl Stokes told the club's website: "The committee and I believe Duncan is the man to take the club forwards and will be given time to develop the squad and the youth system at Main. Duncan will bring with him his vast coaching experience and knowledge to the club which will certainly benefit the whole club."
June 12, 2018
Clingan signs new deal with Glenavon
Former Northern Ireland international Sammy Clingan has signed a new one year deal at Glenavon, thus scotching rumours that he was set to leave the club, with Glenavon recently finishing in third place in the Danske Bank Premiership.
Clingan, who names Doncaster Rovers as one of his former clubs, joined the Lurgan Blues last summer from Linfield, and went on to become a key player in the Glenavon side, scoring 12 goals along the way.
After confirming the contract extension, his boss, Gary Hamilton commented: "Sammy was brilliant for us last season, not just on the pitch – we all know his ability and the talent he has and what he brought to the team – but more so as well, off the pitch, his professionalism, the example he set for the younger players, the way he goes about his business, his attitude in training and everything he does. Having Sammy on board for another season is brilliant news for the football club and hopefully he can have another season on the pitch like he did this year. He definitely contributed a lot – if you’d have told me we were going to get 11 or 12 goals out of Sammy this year, I would have laughed! Albeit a lot of the goals were penalties, that’s an important job in the modern era; having a good penalty taker is worth its weight in gold as well."
June 12, 2018
Alnwick signs on again with Bolton
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has signed a new two year contract with Bolton Wanderers, who narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship last season.
The 31 year old keeper played 41 games for them last season, with the news also meaning that a reported interest from Sunderland is now effectively over.
Bolton boss Phil Parkinson told the BBC: "I’m really pleased that we’ve agreed this deal with Ben. He is a great professional, was excellent for us last season and I’m looking forward to working with him over the coming seasons."
June 12, 2018
New Millers deal for Richie
Former loan striker Richie Barker has signed a new 'long term' contract with Rotherham United.
Barker is presently the assistant manager at the newly promoted club, and has penned a three year deal along with boss Paul Warne, with the club's hierarchy keen to tie the pair down to a fixed length contract, instead of the 12 month rolling deal that they had been on.
Warne said: "All of the staff are equally pleased that we've got the assurance of the new contract because they're people that I have brought in and they've worked really hard for us, so it's pleasing for them too to know that we have the backing of the chairman. When myself and Richie took over, we wanted to leave a legacy and leave the club in better condition than when we got it."
Barker added: "There's a real positive to take from being promoted in the way that we were but I think the negative of that is that the new season comes around very quickly. To be honest, we've been out of the country for 24 hours and we've spoken about nothing else other than the football club, so we're already putting plans in over here whilst trying to relax a little following the end of the season.”
June 11, 2018
Coppinger has key part to play next season
Rovers midfielder James Coppinger is looking forward to his 15th season at the club, but does not see it as a 'farewell season', and is fully focused on playing a full part again.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star after signing a new one year deal, James said: "I never wanted to leave after 14 years here. But, at the same time, if I was to think that I was just going to see another year out and just do it for the sake of doing it [I wouldn’t do it]."
"If I wasn’t performing and had nothing to give he wouldn’t offer me a contract. And if I felt like I couldn’t give anything to the team, and I didn’t think the club was going in the right direction, then I wouldn’t be here."
He added: "Winning player of the year, players’ player of the year and fans’ player of the year last season made it one of those where I thought I must be doing something right. As you get older, I find it hard to evaluate my own performances and genuinely never expected any of those awards. It gives me that motivation to keep going. I just want to enjoy it, that is the biggest thing."
"I genuinely think it is about understanding your body and what to do and what not to. I don’t do anything crazy and have a quite structured lifestyle and don’t really drink. I think it plays a massive part as you get older. The physios who work at the club are really good in terms of how we work and recover. It is run well, as well as I have seen it. The gaffer also gives me time to recover. He does not give me as many minutes as I have had in the past. I am 37 and sometimes forget that."
June 11, 2018
Byfield is new boss at Stratford
Ex-Rovers striker Darren Byfield has been appointed as the new manager at Stratford Town.
The 41 year old, who also played for Aston Villa and Walsall, had been manager at Redditch United before being sacked in December, ending a 19 month stay at the club.
After joining Stratford, Darren told the Stratford Herald: "I am delighted to join Stratford – it’s a beautiful stadium and an excellent setup. I’ve got a real hunger to get back into management. Watching a lot of non-league games over the last six months has been hugely beneficial for me and I aim to bring that knowledge into my role at Stratford. There is a great work ethic at this club which I am very excited to join and I am really looking forward to helping the players to be the best they can be through coaching them to realise their potential. My message to all Town supporters is you will have a very hungry team giving their all for the club in what we recognise will be a tough league, but we will be working hard in every game. I want to make it exciting and fun for the players and the fans and I can’t wait to get started."
June 11, 2018
Millers release Jonson
Newly promoted Rotherham United have released six out of contract players this summer, including former Rovers loan striker Jonson Clarke-Harris.
He is probably the highest profile departure from those six, being the Millers' record signing at the time of his arrival from Oldham Athletic four years ago. However, his release is not a big surprise, having failed to realise the potential he showed when arriving at the club, and played 79 games in his four year stay, scoring just 10 goals. For the last part of the 2017/18 season he has been out on loan at Coventry City, who are reportedly interested in making the switch permanent.
June 11, 2018
Shiels joins dad at Derry City
Former Rovers midfielder Dean Shiels has joined Derry City on an 18 month contract after leaving Dunfermline at the end of May and will be available to them in July.
His father is boss at Derry, and Dean's arrival could be a big boost to City, who are suffering a slump in form, with their defeat to Sligo Rovers a week ago being their fourth loss in five games.
Dean has enjoyed success in Ireland before, winning the League of Ireland title with Dundalk in 2016, and has played for Rangers and Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League.
Dean has worked with his father before - they were both at Kilmarnock during the 2011/12 season.
June 9, 2018
Dumbuya and Woods released by Partick
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Mustafa Dumbuya and midfielder Martin Woods have been released by SPL club Partick Thistle.
The news follows their relegation from the Scottish Premiership this summer.
Partick have released 14 of their first team squad, leaving them with only 13 players under contract for next season.
Dumbuya has suffered from the after effects of a ruptured Achilles tendon for much of his time at the club, and only played five games for them last season and nine the season before.
He played for Rovers between 2009 and 2012, making 38 appearances in all, moving to Portsmouth in 2012, then on to Crawley Town and Notts County before moving to Scotland to join Partick in September 2015.
Woods only joined Partick last October after being released by Ross County the previous summer. He made over a hundred appearances for Doncaster Rovers between 2007 and 2014 before joining Barnsley, Ross County Shrewsbury Town and Ross County for a second time in 2015.
June 9, 2018
Green keen to keep on playing
Ex-Rovers midfielder Paul Green signed a one year contract with Crewe Alexandra in the summer after his release by Oldham Athletic, with the option of extending that deal for a further year if he makes enough appearances next season.
He spent the second half of last season on loan at Crewe, and despite turning 35 earlier in the year, has no intention of hanging up his boots for a good while yet.
Speaking to the Crewe Chronicle, Paul said: "I feel fit and strong, I don’t feel any different. Maybe it takes an extra day to recover compared to the young lads, but other than that I feel healthy and as long as I can do a job I’ll keep playing. I’m sure my body will let me know when it’s time to retire. It’s a job I love doing, it’s not often you get paid for something you love doing
"When I was here on loan I really enjoyed my football, I had a couple of offers near home but it’s all about enjoyment for me at my age and I want to play games. There is nothing worse than sitting on a bench every week after training all week. I’m not saying I’m guaranteed a spot here, but I’m integrated with the players so I’m not coming to a new team."
June 9, 2018
Robbie leaves Portsmouth
Ex-Rovers striker Robbie Blake has left his role as first team coach for Portsmouth to join Bognor.
He becomes their first team coach, working alongside boss Jack Pearce, who commented: "We look forward to working alongside Robbie, who has gained valuable knowledge in a very respectable playing career and, of course, at Pompey as a coach. It's always exciting to bring on board people who we believe can bring fresh ideas and new energy, and Robbie certainly fits the bill. Robbie joins us after coming to the end of his contract at Pompey working under Kenny Jackett."
Rovers were Robbie's last professional club, and he ended his pro career back in 2013 before joining Portsmouth as a scout in November 2015.
June 9, 2018
Rovers add trip to Grimsby
Doncaster Rovers have added a trip to play Grimsby Town to their pre-season schedule and will visit Blundell Park on Tuesday, 24th July.
The match will start at 7.30pm - ticket prices are yet to be confirmed.
Rovers have already announced games against Frickley Athletic, Alfreton Town and Birmingham City, with presumably more to follow.
June 9, 2018
Yeovil talking to Alcock
Yeovil Town boss Darren Way has confirmed that one of the players he is talking to defender Craig Alcock, who left Doncaster Rovers this summer at the end of his contract.
Alcock began his career with the Glovers as a trainee, and is a free agent following his release. He joined Rovers, initially on loan, in November 2015.
June 7, 2018
Rovers announce Birmingham friendly
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they will play Championship side Birmingham City as part of their preparations for the 2018/19 season.
Rovers will travel to the Midlands for the game on Friday, 20th July, with the game being played at the Autotech Stadium, the home of non-league club Solihull Moors. The game will kick-off at 7pm.
Rovers have previously confirmed pre-season games away at Alfreton Town and Frickley Athletic.
June 7, 2018
Carl named in Nigeria's squad
Former Doncaster Rovers loan goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who is receiving treatment for acute leukaemia and has not played a game during the last twelve months, has been given an honorary place in Nigeria's World Cup squad for this summer.
It is a mark of respect and recognition that Carl helped Nigeria in reaching the finals by playing in the qualifying campaign.
Nigeria has named unregistered players as part of their World Cup squad in the past, and this continues that tradition.
Nigeria finished top of their qualifying group to qualify for the finals in Russia.
Carl is still under contract at Wolverhampton Wanderers for next season, where he has been since joining as a trainee back in 2003. Since then he has been out on loan to Accrington Stanley (2004), Stockport County (2005), Charlton Athletic (2009), Sheffield United (2009), Queens Park Rangers (2010), Leicester City (2010), Middlesbrough (2011) and Doncaster Rovers in the 2011/12 season. He played 15 games for Rovers over two loan spells, but his second stay was cut short due to injury.
June 7, 2018
Armstrong - spoke to Hartlepool and Darlington
Ex-Rovers striker Alun Armstrong has revealed that he has spoken to both Hartlepool United and Darlington about their managerial vacancies, but has decided to stay at Blyth Spartans.
He led Blyth to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League title in the 2016/17 season, and they just missed out on a National League North play-off place this last season.
That record persuaded Hartlepool to approach Blyth - a move which Armstrong thinks derailed Blyth's promotion challenge.
He told Blyth's You Tube channel: "After the Leamington game, Hartlepool had approached Tony (Platten, Spartans chairman) and again they wanted me to take over. It just didn’t feel right. There is something about Blyth, once you are here you seem to get stuck. You enjoy it and I love what I am doing here. If I can get this club there (The National League), it would be fantastic and I will give it my best shot."
"That (the approach from Hartlepool) affected the changing-room, everyone knows in football, it gets about. Lads were talking and I was getting texts from the lads saying they had heard I was going to Hartlepool. I think then you could see it affected performances on the pitch. The seven-game losing streak was just unbelievable. But you look back at that period and, as a manager, and the players as players, have to learn to deal with that a lot better. It was a learning-curve and we have to deal with a lot better if it happens next year."
Armstrong had previously spoken to Darlington after Martin Gray left, but has now signed a new deal at Spartans.
June 7, 2018
Horlock switches to Colchester
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Kevin Horlock has been named as the new Under 23s coach at Colchester United. He had been working as assistant to Wayne Brown with the U's under-23 squad, but has made the switch as part of the link between Colchester and Maldon and Tiptree FC, where Horlock had been manager until this news broke.
Wayne Brown has made the reverse move and will now become Maldon's manager as part of the alliance between the two clubs.
Horlock's Under-23s squad at Colchester is expected to be mainly made up of 18 and 19 year olds, with 'older youngsters' likely to go out on loan to further their footballing education.
Colchester academy manager Jon De Souza told the Daily Gazette: “We’ve had a bit of a change in strategy. More of our senior development players will go out on loan and play senior football. We’ve carried out a lot of research into this area of young player development and we feel that is very beneficial for them. We’ll be looking to get our more senior under-23 players out on loan and experiencing first-team football and getting the benefits of playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, in a senior environment."
June 7, 2018
Timlin and Fortune leave Southend
Ex-Rovers loan pair Michael Timlin and Marc Antoine Fortune are to leave Southend United this summer. The club had originally announced that they would hold talks with both players with a view to offering a new contract, but they have clearly had a change of mind and both will leave Roots Hall at the end of their contracts.
Timlin joined Southend on a permanent basis in January 2012 after two previous loan spells, and has played over 250 games for the Shrimpers.
Fortune has spent the last two seasons at Southend, scoring 10 goals in his 76 games.
June 6, 2018
Rovers get 'in excess of 50 applications'
Doncaster Rovers are reported to have received over 50 applications for the first team managerial vacancy within twelve hours of Darren Ferguson's announcement that he had resigned.
Rovers formally issued an advertisement for the job yesterday, with a deadline of 5pm next Monday being set.
Rather interestingly, the Doncaster Star are reporting that the manager will be expected to work with the existing coaching staff, including Gavin Strachan, who was brought in to the club by Darren Ferguson, and had worked with the Scot before. However, much effort has been put in to the "behind the scenes" part of the club, and Rovers are not wanting to make large changes again this summer.
It had been reported that Ferguson resigned due to the budget being cut, but Rovers have quashed such suggestions, indicating that an increase in funds was available.
June 6, 2018
Rovers set for summer training camp
The Rovers squad will head to a training camp at the University of Stirling soon after they return to training. The club have followed a similar pattern in recent years, and will go to Scotland, returning only shortly before their first pre-season game, which is at Alfreton Town on July 7th.
The players will be back at Cantley Park in the week leading up to their return to training to undergo fitness testing and analysis.
June 6, 2018
Manager's job specification published
Doncaster Rovers have issued a job specification for the managerial vacancy at the club, indicating that the club are intending to continue on a similar path to that of the last couple of years.
Applicant will be expected to be capable of managing at Championship level, indicating that the club are still hoping to regain Championship status in the relatively near future - and a play-off place is expected to be achieved next season. No pressure then!
The criteria set out by the club are:
- A working knowledge of the EFL or its equivalent
- A proven track record of securing results on the field
- Ability to develop a first team that can play an attractive style of football
- The ability to develop players and staff
- Success in managing a playing budget
- Excellent contacts within the football community
- Proven track record of developing a youth structure and pathway
- A proven leader
- A pleasing and willing personality
- A commitment to the vision and values of Club Doncaster
June 6, 2018
Sir Alex now home and recovering
Sir Alex Ferguson, father of ex-Rovers boss Darren, is reported to have left hospital last Friday, less than a month after being admitted for a brain haemorrhage.
The 76 year old is back at home to be looked after by his family, but is apparently hoping to be well enough to take his seat at Old Trafford in time for the start of the new season.
The Sun have reported that the medical staff think his chances of a full recovery are "extremely promising".
June 6, 2018
Cameron leaves Imps
Former Rovers winger Cameron Stewart has been released by Lincoln City at the end of his short term deal with the club.
He had been without a club since leaving Ipswich Town in the summer of 2016, but joined Lincoln last October in the hope of rebuilding his footballing career.
Cameron was on loan at Rovers for the 2015/16 season from parent club Ipswich. with Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy indicating midway through the loan that Stewart would be allowed to leave the club on a full transfer, but Rovers opted only to renew the loan.
Ex-Rovers defender Jamie McCombe, a coach at Lincoln City, will be registered as a player for next season, but the intention is for him to play only in an emergency.
June 6, 2018
Shiels leaves Dunfermline
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Dean Shiels has left Dunfermline Athletic when his contract expired last week. The Scottish club announced that the 33 year old, who only joined them last summer, will not be with the club next season.
Controversy in October when Shiels was abused by two Falkirk players over the fact that he has only one eye saw the Falkirk duo suspended for four and eight games, but Shiels only played four more times for the club, the last being at the end of January.
A statement from the club said: "Dean Shiels will leave our club when his contract expires today (31 May). We wish Dean and his family well for his future career, and thank him for his efforts last season."
In total, Shiels played 25 times for Athletic.
June 5, 2018
Ferguson quits Rovers
Darren Ferguson has resigned as manager of Doncaster Rovers, saying that he had "no alternative".
The news broke just after 10pm last night and appears to have come after discussions with the club's board.
Rovers issued a very brief statement last night, which said: "Following conversations between the board of Doncaster Rovers and Darren Ferguson, the club can confirm that we have parted ways.
The board intends to start the recruitment process for the new football manager immediately, and will provide a further update in 24 hours."
Darren Ferguson issued a statement via the League Managers' Association, which reads: "Following recent discussions and meetings with the board I have decided to resign from my position as manager of Doncaster Rovers Football Club."
"I'm disappointed to have made this decision as I have enjoyed my time at the club and was looking forward to the new season, but I felt I had no alternative."
"I would like to thank the board for the opportunity and I am grateful to the players, staff and fans for their support. I wish the club all the best in the future."
An interview late last season did indicate that Ferguson was frustrated that meetings with the board to discuss plans for next season were delayed, but whether this has any direct impact on his subsequent resignation is uncertain.
Ironically, we found an article yesterday that put Ferguson as the 15th longest serving manager in the Premier League and Football League, having joined Rovers on 16th October 2015.
June 5, 2018
McCullough earns 6th cap
Luke McCullough won his sixth cap for Northern Ireland on Sunday when he was introduced as a second half substitute in their game against Costa Rica.
McCullough had been an unused substitute for their game against Panama last week, but played the last 18 minutes of Sunday's game, playing the defensive midfield role that he has done for Rovers last season.
June 5, 2018
Notts release two ex-Rovers players
Notts County have released former Rovers loan players Adam Collin and Jonathan Forte as the club released their 'retained list' last month.
Collin and Forte were the high profile departures from Meadow Lane, with a further eight also confirmed as leaving the club this summer.
Collin had been the club's regular first team keeper, having played more than 30 games last season, while Forte scored 10 goals during the season.
Also leaving Notts County this summer are veteran strikers Shola Ameobi and Alan Smith.
Boss Kevin Nolan issued a statement which says: "I can't thank the lads enough for their committed efforts in my first full season here at Notts County. These decisions are some of the hardest, if not the hardest, we make as a management team and it's never an easy time for everyone involved. I would like to put on record my thanks to all of the players who are moving on and wish them all the best for their future."
June 5, 2018
Stock turns down Bournemouth
Ex-Rovers skipper Brian Stock has turned down a full-time coaching job at Premier League club Bournemouth to continue to play with Havant & Waterlooville. Stock has been with the Hawks since 2014 and wants to keep on playing.
He commented: "I had to think long and hard about my options before coming to a decision. It was a fantastic opportunity with AFC Bournemouth where I have a lot of links and contacts. I had a long chat with Lee Bradbury and he let me know he wanted me to stay. After weighing everything up I agreed to stay and sign another one year deal."
"Before deciding I took a lot of advice from other ex-professional footballers. They all said the time to pack in was when you stop enjoying it. After the last couple of seasons with the Hawks I felt I deserved the chance to give it one more year. I still feel that I have something to offer both on and off the pitch."
"Importantly I don’t want people to look at me and say my legs have gone. At the moment I feel fit. When the time comes I want to retire from football and not have football retire me. We have had a great spirit in the squad and that was another factor. The other players wanted me to stay and that made the decision easier."
June 5, 2018
Alnwick offered new deal
Former Rovers goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has been offered a new contract by Bolton Wanderers, with reports suggesting that it was done in the hope of fending off interest from Sunderland
Alnwick won the club's "Player of the Season" for last season, which helped Bolton avoid relegation, but Sunderland face some major team rebuilding following their relegation from the Championship this summer.
June 4, 2018
Franck leaves Gills
Ex-Rovers midfielder Franck Moussa is leaving Gillingham this summer after the Gills decided not to offer him a new contract.
Franck was on loan from Leicester City for the last few months of the 2010/11 season, playing 14 games and scoring twice.
Since his time at Rovers, he has played for six more clubs, with his time at Coventry City being his best, during which time he started 67 league games and netting 18 goals.
However, injury has blighted his recent seasons, which has seen him move on frequently, being on the books at three clubs since March 2016.
June 4, 2018
Lalkovic could be set for Saddlers return
Walsall boss Dean Keates has hinted that he is set to give former Rovers winger Milan Lalkovic a trial this summer.
Lalkovic is presently without a club - he left Portsmouth in January due to injury, then joined Ross County for the last few weeks of the season.
The Slovakian international was at Rovers on loan from Chelsea between August and November 2011, mainly being utilized by Sean O'Driscoll as a substitute.
Speaking to Express And Star, Dean Keates said: "He (Lalkovic) is a name that I have had put to me. He has been without a club since January so I have not been able to have a look at him live and for me, that’s important. It’s a long time for somebody not to be playing. When we go through the course of the summer, we could have a discussion and there could be the opportunity to have a look at him in pre-season."
June 4, 2018
Ross wins Golden Boot
Ex-Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack may be out of favour at Aston Villa these days, but he was a big hit Down Under during his loan spell at Melbourne City, and has been named as the club's winner of the Golden Boot for the 2017/18 season, despite only being there for half a season.
McCormack joined Melbourne last October, but returned rather abruptly at the end of January when his loan expired - and Villa would not renew it.
Ross scored 14 goals in 17 games - a decent return by anyone's standards, but it has still not persuaded Villa boss Steve Bruce to give him another chance.
He still has two seasons to run on his Villa contract, signing a four year deal in August 2016.
June 4, 2018
Belles to "integrate" with Rovers?
The BBC have reported that Doncaster Rovers Belles are in talks about "integrating" with Doncaster Rovers.
Their "chair", Faye Lygo, told them: "The board (of the Belles) have concluded this is the best option going forward. It would give the Belles the best chance of joining the top tier of women's football. Discussions have been ongoing over the last 12 months and we hope for a positive response from Doncaster Rovers."
Rovers Belles won the WSL2 championship this season, but have not taken up promotion due to the financial demands set by the Women's Super League for playing in the top flight.
Lygo continued: "It is really unfair that the Belles are not being promoted on the basis of their football abilities. Sadly, it is money in the bank that counts for promotion and I am sorry to have disappointed fans that we could only afford to bid to retain a second tier licence. I congratulate Brighton for meeting those requirements and for effectively being promoted ahead of us."
June 3, 2018
Coppinger stays for another year
James Coppinger has signed a new one year contract with Doncaster Rovers, which means that he now goes into his 15th season at the club.
He is already the club's record appearance holder and should pass the 600 game mark midway through next season.
The securing of a new contract was delayed after the board put back meetings with Darren Ferguson over his budget for next year, but the Rovers boss had previously made it clear that offering Coppinger a new deal was his priority for the summer.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, James said: "I’m delighted. I’ve been with the club for 14 years now and we left it a bit late, but I am already looking forward to what next season brings. We got the season over and done with so it was important that we could get the deal done, I will go on holiday now and relax ahead of pre-season. Like the manager has said in a few interviews there were a few chats towards the end of the season, he has been massive for extending my career over the past couple of seasons."
June 3, 2018
Max is Rovers' second signing of the summer
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed the signing of 19 year old striker Max Watters from non-league club Ashford United.
It marks a remarkable rise for the youngster, coming only 12 months after leaving school - he attended Shenfield High School specifically because of its football academy.
He has agreed a two year deal with Rovers, and is set to be included in the Development squad, earmarked in the "one for the future" category.
Watters impressed during a trial he had with Rovers earlier in the year, and is set to follow the likes of Alfie May and Alfie Beestin, who have since gone on to become first team regulars.
Max told the Doncaster Star after signing: "I’m over the moon. It’s always been an aim of mine to try and get a contract in the EFL so now it’s about working hard to keep improving. It’s such a friendly club and when I came here on trial they couldn’t have done anymore for me. The squad were really welcoming from my first day. I noticed the manager likes to give young players a chance. Hopefully I’ve made my mark with the coaching staff to show them what I’m capable of."
June 3, 2018
Tykes let Mills go
Former Rovers defender Matt Mills has been released by Barnsley after completing his short term contract with the club.
He moved to Oakwell in January 2018 on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest, but despite his addition to the defence, Barnsley were relegated from the Championship at the end of last season.
Matt initially joined Rovers on loan from Manchester City in August 2007, going on to make the move permanent the following summer for a reported £300,000.
Since then, he had played for Reading, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers, before moving to Nottingham Forest in July 2015.
June 3, 2018
May told to improve
Young Rovers striker Alfie May has been told that he needs to improve next season after struggling to force his way into the side in the latter part of last season.
May, who joined Rovers from Hythe Town in January 2017, is not alone in attracting Darren Ferguson's criticism, but struggled to regain form after suffering an injury last season.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press: "He needs to improve. And we need to find a way of trying to get that improvement in him. He’s not the only one."
He added: "His performance wasn’t up to the levels that I expect. When you get an opportunity you’ve got to take it."
June 1, 2018
West Brom name Moore as new manager
West Bromwich Albion have named former Doncaster Rovers defender Darren Moore as their new manager after impressing during his time as caretaker manager, which followed the sacking of Alan Pardew in April.
Albion's CEO, Mark Jenkins, told the press: "We are delighted to confirm Darren as our new head coach and we look forward to his continuing the excellent work we saw when he stepped into the role in an interim capacity in the first week of April. He embodies the spirit of the club and the spirit of what we are striving to achieve in this new chapter ahead. We conducted a thorough process of recruitment but Darren’s powerful impact on the pitch and across all areas of the club established him as the outstanding candidate."
He added: "We suffered a torrid season but if there was a redeeming feature it was to see Darren at work over those final weeks, galvanising the club and getting everyone positive again,” said Jenkins. “We all know we have a challenging summer ahead of us but from talking at length to Darren about his plans, they are challenges he is ready to meet head on."
June 1, 2018
Mandeville can leave to free up wages
Striker Liam Mandeville, who has been transfer listed by Doncaster Rovers this summer, is being released partly as he has struggled to feature in the first team this season, and also so that his wages can go towards new recruits the club hope to sign this summer.
Assistant boss Gavin Strachan told the Doncaster Star: "The decision there is try and free up something else in the squad. We might have to try and move a couple of bodies on to try and strengthen in other areas. That was the reason for that. But he’s a contracted player so there’s nothing that says he will definitely be leaving."
June 1, 2018
Millwall offer new deal to Webster
Millwall have offered former Rovers defender Byron Webster a new contract, despite him missing much of the season due to injury. He is one of three to be offered new terms, with Millwall also activating contract extensions for a further five.
Former Rovers loanee Harry Toffolo is one of nine players to be released at the end of their contracts, with ex-Rovers defender Jason Shackell returning to Derby County after spending the second half of the season at the New Den on loan.
June 1, 2018
Shackell released by Derby
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Jason Shackell has been released by Derby County at the end of his contract. The news is not the biggest surprise, with Jason spending the second half of the last season on loan at Millwall.
Shackell, now aged 34, played just twice for Derby last season - both in the League Cup.
He joined Derby for a second time in summer 2015, and was previously at Burnley for three seasons after leaving Derby for the first time.