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DRFC Rovers offer new contracts to ten players

Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have offered new contracts to ten players.

On the same day that they have released six players they have offered new contracts to Goalkeepers Neil Sullivan and Gary Woods, defenders Adam Lockwood, Mustapha Dumbuya and Gary Roberts, midfielders Mark Wilson, John Oster and Robbie Clark and strikers Waide Fairhurst and James Hayter.

Veteran keeper Sullivan continues to role back the years, he had not missed a league game in his three full seasons at the club until Sunday when he was rested for the final game of the season against Swansea.

Fellow keeper Woods joined from Manchester United after being released by the Premiership club in 2009.

He`s made just the one appearance so far when he came on as a late substitute in the last home game of the 2008/09 season.

Defender Lockwood joined Rovers in 2006 and quickly established himself in the Rovers defence.

The 28 year old was club captain in Rovers promotion winning season of 2007/08.

Lockwood as struggled with injury since promotion to the Championship and as made just 22 starts in the league in the past two seasons.

Popular defender Gareth Roberts arrived at the club in 2006 and as been a regular in the side during his four seasons at the Keepmoat.

This season as been his most productive, making 46 appearances and scoring 3 goals including spectacular efforts against Watford and Peterborough.

Mustapha Dumbuya joined Rovers in the summer of 2009 on a one-year contract after a successful trial during pre season.

The 21 year old that can play in defence of midfield made his debut as a late substitute at Sheffield United in October, he went on to make three substitute appearances throughout the season.

Experienced midfielder Mark Wilson joined Rovers initially in 2006 and was offered a contract with the club.

The 31 year old struggled to hold down a regular staring place during his first three seasons with the club and looked to be on his way out when he had s loan spell at Tranmere Rovers in the 2008/09 season.

The former Manchester United and Middlesbrough player as enjoyed a much more productive season this term and made 38 appearances.

John Oster joined Rovers on a short-term deal on the eve of the new season last term and proved a popular signing with consistent performances in midfield.

He extended his short-term deal in January and went on to make 44 appearances for the club in total.

Robbie Clark signed his first professional contract with the club during the summer of 2009.

The 19 year old is still yet to make his first appearance for the club.

Waide Fairhurst enjoyed a good start to last season and scored on his full debut at West Brom within ten minutes of the start.

He also scored on his second start against Ipswich but only went on to make four more substitute appearances for the club.

The 20 year old enjoyed a successful loan spell at League Two side Shrewsbury during the season scoring four goals in ten appearances.

James Hayter signed for Rovers in the summer of 2007 and was the clubs top scorer in their League One promotion season, he scored the all important only goal of the game when they won the Play off final at Wembley against Leeds United.

The 31 year old has enjoyed a productive season this term scoring nine goals in 38 league appearances.

Negotiations are now ongoing with all ten players.


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Writer: DonnyEd Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 5 2010

Time: 4:07PM

Your Comments

Surprised to see a few of those offered new contracts.
dazza71
I'm shocked just how long some of the players have been with Rovers now. Doesn't seem two minutes ago we was signing Lockwood and Roberts
DonnyEd
When will Sullivan retire if ever ???
Tiny T
Good to hear Oster is doing well with you guys. Always thought he was a better player than he showed during his time with Reading.
South Bank
 

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