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DRFC The budget's reached it's limits

After a quiet time at the end of the August transfer window, Rovers boss Sean O`Driscoll and Chairman John Ryan have admitted there was no cash left to spend from the summer budget.

On the final day of the transfer window, only Josh Payne, who has only just joined the club, went out on loan to Oxford United.

With no new players coming through the doors at the Keepmoat, O`Driscoll admitted in the Doncaster Free Press, when he said, 'We just don't have the funds - even for a loan signing.

'I dare say that if someone we really liked became available temporarily I could go to the directors and make out a special case for a loan deal.

'But other than that we just don't have the money for signings.'

O`Driscoll was given the biggest ever budget during the summer to strengthen his squad from the Rovers directors.

Four players have signed on free transfers after being released by their club, George Friend from Wolves, Josh Payne from West Ham and both Simon Gillett and Wayne Thomas from Southampton.

Also signing new contracts at the club were Adam Lockwood, Gary Woods, Waide Fairhurst, Neil Sullivan, James Hayter, John Oster, Mark Wilson and Robbie Clarke.

Only Gareth Roberts who was out of contract in the summer declined the offer of a new deal and joined Derby County.

The big news of the summer at the club was the record transfer fee paid for Billy Sharp from Sheffield United.

Sharp joined for 1.15 million and despite it not being part of the manager`s budget to buy the player, his wages were to be taken into account.

With wages at the club now around 7 million and poor league crowds for the opening two games at the Keepmoat in this seasons Championship no more cash is available.

Rovers Chairman John Ryan as been left disappointed with the response from the fans after bringing in Billy Sharp.

Speaking in the Free Press, Ryan said, 'We signed a player in the summer for over a million pounds and we didn't sell anyone ourselves to fund that deal but we haven't had the response we hoped for from the town.

'I'm not talking about our regular fans who come all the time and are brilliant.

'But I just wonder whether we have reached our limit when it comes to support.'

With Rovers needing around 11,000 fans on average coming through the turnstiles the games against Bristol City and Hull City have seen the club fall well short of this in the Doncaster end, 'Just look at how many we have coming through the turnstiles.
'It was the biggest budget ever but it's reached its limit," Ryan continued.

Only 9,291 turned up for the Bristol game and despite 11,149 being present for the Hull game, nearly 3,000 of these were in the away end.

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Writer: DonnyEd Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 6 2010

Time: 8:32PM

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A lot of fans look at it as we didn't spend much during the summer but when you take into account the players we managed to sign new contracts as well as the five players coming in (especially Sharp) its a lot of money.
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06/09/2010 21:00:00

I think also its what the manager can do with those players. We are never going to live with the vast majority of championship clubs who can draw averages of over 20,000. He is one of the best managers in the Championship and the fact we are usually one of the favourites for relegation in our two previous seasons we have punched well above our weight. Its so open in the championship this season and Rovers have a serious chance of being in the top six.
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06/09/2010 21:10:00

I think you also need to look at whats happened and happening to clubs that have tried to 'live the dream' and have spent much more than they can afford. I would never want to see Rovers heading back towards the days we did 12 years ago. We have the best chairman in the country that most clubs could only wish they had. He's delivered everything he ever promised and now he's turning us into an established Championship side who could quite possibly reach the Premiership. I think it might unfortunately take us to reach the Premiership to claw back some of the fans who went off to Leeds, Sheff Utd and Sheff Wednesday.
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06/09/2010 21:16:00

I couldn't agree more, I dread to think where we would be with Ryan at the club. If he was to ever walk away I would really worry but he's got Rovers in his blood so would hopefully never leave us in that predicament.
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06/09/2010 21:19:00

You only have to read John Ryan's book, to realise how passionate he is. We are a little club with a big heart, big ambitions, great tactical manager, quality players and superb away fans. No worries about debt, like our neighbours. We only have to fret about keeping players injury free. Taking all these factors into account, we will have a long and happy spell watching good entertaining football. Maybe if we put in spectacual performances in our "Derby " matches, fans that defected, might come back to us.
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08/09/2010 15:01:00

Rovers have been linked with loads of players this week, Simon Cox, Danny Ward and now David Healy yet the manager and chairman have both said they have no budget for players.
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09/09/2010 14:59:00


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