Although Dave Penney has suggested that Thornton is not playing on merit, rumours persist that the player is not welcome at Belle Vue at the moment for an a breach of club discipline. We stress that the Club have not confirmed anything at present, but it would explain Thornton's absence. Thornton cost Rovers £125,000 in the summer from Sunderland where he was known to have off the field problems. However Doncaster took a chance on him, and if Rovers got promoted, would have to pay Sunderland a further £50K to take the fee up to £175000.
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