Rovers Round-Up: 23/7
With the season beginning in less than a fortnight, things have been surprisingly quiet the past few days at Doncaster Rovers. However, with two big home friendlies about to take place and a string of events set for this week, that should be about to change. Add in the prospect of some new signings now that Darren Moore has had time to assess his squad, and it may be a case of struggling to keep up with everything as the countdown to the opening game continues.
Darren and Gavin Get Out and About
The club has publicised the attendance of the manager and CEO at this week's public events, with the Supporters Club AGM taking place tonight at the Belle Vue Bar including an open Q & A with both Moore and Gavin Baldwin, and the same will occur at the North Branch AGM on Thursday in Carcroft. The gaffer will also be greeting fans at the club's Open Day this Friday, July 26th, among a host of activities planned for the event at the Keepmoat Stadium. This will be a great chance for fans to find out the vision for the future of arguably the two most important figures at DRFC currently. More information about these events can be found on the official club website by clicking here.
Hasani Turns Pro
Great news out of the club on Friday saw 17-year-old academy midfielder Lirak Hasani sign his first professional deal with the Rovers. Hasani made his debut away at Luton last season and followed that up by replacing James Coppinger, 22 years his senior, in the home game with Walsall a week later. The teenager was born and raised in Cantley so fans will be keen to see if the club can successfully bring through a hometown prospect to graduate into the first team over the next season or two.
Joe Wright on Anderson, Moore
Central defender Joe Wright has spoken to the media this week, with an interview on the official website focusing on his new-found partnership at the heart of the backline with Tom Anderson, which you can read here. Meanwhile, Wright spoke to the Doncaster Free Press about the transition between playing under Grant McCann to now learning the methods of Darren Moore, available here. Whilst Rovers remain short on depth at the position, there is plenty of optimism about the potential of our senior central defensive duo as both have shown ample promise when called upon in the past couple of seasons. Wright will be hoping to put an injury hit 2018/19 campaign behind him in order to step forward, and must be among the most eager to impress the new manager due to Moore's history as a dominating central defender.
Rovers Return to Keepmoat
Tomorrow night, July 24th, sees the Rovers in match action at home for the first time since the Play Off 1st Leg with Charlton back in May, as recently relegated Huddersfield Town visit in pre-season. The Terriers have been in the news over the past few days due to a publicity stunt surrounding their new kit involving betting firm Paddy Power, eventually admitting it was a hoax designed to drum up attention in their noble decision to play without a title shirt sponsor this coming season. Huddersfield will represent a stern challenge for Rovers and the game affords many fans a first chance to see the side in action under Darren Moore, aside from those who travelled to Cleethorpes at the weekend to see DRFC lose 1-0 at Grimsby.
More attention I'm sure will be afforded to Saturday's final pre-season fixture at home to Hull, a game that will see a swift return to the club for former manager Grant McCann, who shouldn't hope for much of a warm welcome from aggrieved Rovers fans who rightly feel he demonstrated a stark lack of loyalty and class in jumping ship for the Tigers in the middle of the summer.