Though its been understood for a while, the news Rovers supporters have been waiting for finally became official today as captain Brian Stock agreed a new contract with the club. Stock has committed to a new two and a half year deal which will keep him with Doncaster Rovers until 2013.
Brian Stock has been integral to Rovers rise from the third tier. Signed on loan by Sean O’Driscoll the day he arrived at the club as the manager proceeded to build his football philosophy around the player he had previously worked with at Bournemouth. Stock’s own progression in that time has been similarly impressive going on to win international recognition for Wales last season and impressed on his debut, looking equally at home against Russia as he had against Rotherham.
Speaking to the official Rovers club website Stock said “I’m twenty-nine now and feel that I’m committing my future – and there is a thought at the back of my mind that I could be seeing out my playing career here at Doncaster Rovers. This is my fifth year at the club and every season we have achieved something. Year upon year we have progressed as a club and we now see ourselves as a good Championship side.”
What was interesting to note, and similarly pleasing to hear from a club captain was Stock’s praise for Doncaster Rovers approach off the field in the same interview. “As a club and as a team we work closely with the community. We visit schools, hospitals and events on a regular basis and try to give back to the fans that support us. We’re an appreciative team and we try to support the younger fans especially.”
Of course for supporters, both young and old, the most important field upon which the club achieves success is the big green rectangular one. The improvement in Rovers performances since the return of their captain from a month out injured show that Stock is still a vital part of the team’s progress and that’s why this is such a significant, and welcome signing. As Stock himself said on the official website; “Now we can just look forward to a bright future at Doncaster Rovers.”
Also putting pen to paper this week is Dennis Souza, with the defender agreeing a deal which will keep him at the Keepmoat Stadium until the end of the season. The Brazilian born former Barnsley defender initially joined Rovers on a short-term deal in November and is currently one of eight central defenders on the club’s books. That he is in the minority as a fit central defender is the sound reasoning for retaining his services.