• Adam Stubbings

ITEN Round-Up: 04/02

At the end of a busy month on and off the pitch for Doncaster Rovers, it’s time to take stock. With numerous new arrivals in the door and the games coming thick and fast, there’s more to write about than at any other time since the start of the season. That’s why we decided to run through the latest goings on here at ITEN that you may have missed.

Transfer Talk

January proved a fruitful month for the club in the transfer market, but fans were made to wait. The arrival of Devante Cole last Monday sparked a flurry of activity with three more signings made in the last 48 hours of the window. The headline move was for striker Fejiri Okenabirhie, brought in from Shrewsbury to be the new Rovers #9, and we spoke to Shrews fan and podcast host Glyn Price to get the details on our centre forward in our Lowdown feature.

Darren Moore’s patience paid off, vindicating our editorial piece looking at the feeling within the Rovers fanbase as the initial weeks of the window saw players leaving and nobody coming in. Later this week ITEN will be assessing the transfer business and giving our own verdict on how this reshuffle shapes the team for the rest of the 2019/20 season, as well as saluting one now former player after his exit early in the new year.

Snap! ITEN joins Instagram

Having overseen considerable growth on our Twitter platform - @DRFC_ITEN – over the past 12 months, we felt that the start of 2020 was the perfect time to expand our coverage of the club onto a new platform. That’s why we have launched a brand new page on Instagram, in order to bring you another side of Into The Empty Net’s perspective on all things Doncaster Rovers.

Featuring photos from in and around all Rovers matches we are able to attend, plus Match Day videos on the Story feed, our Instagram coverage serves to augment existing activity on Twitter providing as detailed a look as possible throughout the season from the fan’s side of things. You can find our page at the top of the website by clicking on the Instagram camera icon, or by searching for “drfc_iten” on the platform itself.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us on social media so far, with almost 100 people joining the new page within the 10 days since launch, whilst we have also surpassed 900 followers on Twitter over the weekend.

Branching Out

We have also stepped up our presence outside of Rovers circles with appearances on several outside outlets in support of the club. Throughout this season our editor has been writing reports on the performances of loan midfielder Ben Sheaf for Daily Cannon, a website covering Sheaf’s parent club Arsenal, and we are also contributing to Ipswich fansite Talk of the Town’s Promotion Race feature looking at League One’s key games each week.

In addition, we have also contributed analysis to Playmaker Stats, with our recent piece detailing the tactical switches Darren Moore has used to great effect in our recent run of good form since Christmas. You may also have spotted ITEN’s presence in official club programmes at some away games this season, with recent appearances in the official Match Day publication for AFC Wimbledon and Sunderland.

Thank you for reading, following and supporting the site into our fifth year of existence. The growth of Into The Empty Net has been a real source of pride for our small team particularly over the past year or so and it is our intention to continue that growth and development into 2020 and beyond, providing coverage of Doncaster Rovers by the fans, for the fans.


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