Doncaster Rovers set for battle

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DONCASTER Rovers’ director of football Mickey Walker, says the club will find League One much changed on their return to the third tier of English football next season.

“Not only will there be a lot of different teams from the last time we were in League One back in the 2007-08 season, but the standards have improved and it’s going to be a tougher league than last time,” Walker told The Star.

“But don’t forget that we are a stronger club as well having played in the Championship for the last four seasons.

“It’s not a case of us being frightened by what we’ll come up against in League One it will be more a case of the other teams being frightened of Doncaster Rovers We’ll be a big fish in the pool.

“Despite the possibility of losing some players in the next few weeks we will still have a strong side next season and I expect us to do well. Don’t forget that we’ve got a manager who has not only played at the highest level for his country (Wales) but has also been the Wales assistant manager and a No 2 at several top Premier League clubs. His assistant, Brian Carey, was also on Manchester United’s books.

“Dean will also have had the benefit of being able to bring in a number of his own players to go alongside the players already here as well as having had the chance to work with the squad in pre-season training. It can be difficult taking over a club during the season, especially when the club, as we were, are bottom of the league.

“We’ve also still got John Ryan at the helm and he’s got a reputation as being a winning chairman. He doesn’t like losing when it comes to Doncaster Rovers and neither do Dean, Brian or myself.”

Walker, meanwhile, is sitting on the fence when it comes to predicting the outcome of Saturday’s Championship Promotion Play-Off final at Wembley between Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town.

“I’m friends with both managers and of course, Huddersfield’s No 2 Glynn is a very good friend of mine, so I’ll just say that a Yorkshire side will win it,” he joked. “Seriously, though, whoever stays down we’ll be looking to take six points off them next season.”