Hopefully the legal eagles amongst you will appreciate our play on words with the title of this piece… hopefully. Anyway, as you’ve probably gathered in past visits Viva Rovers has no time for transfer rumours and tittle tattle. We’re very much of the empiricist way of thinking when it comes to players signings for clubs. Yes we’ve heard the rumours, but we demand proof before we believe it. So instead of daily delves into the rubbish bins of gossip lurking out the back alley of the football press we’re looking t the summer transfer news more succinctly, with occasional round-ups of stuff which has actually happened, and players who have actually signed something. When that occurs we’ll cover it in this feature, under this heading, so here is part one of Sign Qua Non.
Thankfully we are able to start with good news as two of Rovers out of contract players have this past week committed to new contracts. Goalkeeper Neil Sullivan, or ‘veteran goalkeeper’ to give him his full title, put pen to paper on Wednesday to agree a new one year deal with the club. Sullivan started all but the final game of Rovers Championship season just passed and has long been a vital cog in Sean O’Driscoll’s machine, giving welcome experience to a side with collective second tier naïvety.
The following day another of Rovers longer serving players also committed his near future to the club with Adam Lockwood signing a new two-year contract for Rovers. Speaking to the club’s official website the central defender was clearly delighted to be staying in Doncaster. “It was an easy decision to make. We keep progressing and I have been looked after here as well. The club have been great to me and hopefully I have given as much as I can back and I will keep giving more.” Though injury restricted Lockwood to just eighteen appearances last season the defender signed by Dave Penney in 2006 remains an integral part of the Rovers squad and one who can be relied on to always give his all for the team.
Rovers fans will be hoping that the good noises being made by Lockwood in relation to the club and its set-up will be heeded by other soon to be out of contract who have been handed significant opportunities by Sean O’Driscoll et al.