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Friday 1st July 2011
It seems Doncaster Rovers are acting early in the transfer market this year, with Tommy Spurr signing a 2 year deal already with Kyle Bennett agreeing personal terms and Richard Naylor undergoing a medical at the club.

It has also been reported that Rovers will have 8 trialists at the club when players return on Monday. Although there is only one name being rumoured in Danny Schofield, it shows that Ryan and O'Driscoll are determined not to have a repeat of last years injury woes and also 'upgrade' the team's abilities.

With Spurr and Naylor improving the defense further and Bennett adding to the midfield all either complete or almost complete, rumours are suggesting that the strike force may be boosted through the addition of Andy Keogh as well as Jason Euell stating that he would like to sign for the club.

All of this transfer activity involving the club suggests that they are determined to boost the squad early, giving enough time for preparation before the season begins. Although O'Driscoll has always satisfied the fans with signings during close season, sometimes it felt as though the players coming in didn't fit into where the squad needed most help. This year, however, two defenders already being involved with the club shows the management are determined to improve the areas that need improving.

It seems Rovers have also learnt a lesson from previous seasons where they let key players leave at the drop of a hat. Examples include Paul Green leaving for Derby, Matt Mills being sold to Reading and Richie Wellens departing to join Leicester. All of these players should have been the clubs priority to keep but were all allowed to leave without any competition.

Billy Sharp is always a main target in the transfer market with Rovers coming out on top last season, and there is no change this time around. Ipswich had a joint bid for both Sharp and Coppinger turned down followed by a £2.8 million rejection from Southampton. A fee that is tempting not to be refused. Another bid reported to be over £3 million was made by Saints and, due to the huge financial benefit to the club, Sharp was allowed to talk to the South coast club. Whatever happened, Rovers would gain in one way or another - either with the payment of £3 million or with the services of their key striker.

It has been reported, however, that Sharp turned down a move to the newly promoted side showing both loyalty to the club and the fact that he is not chasing money. It has also been said in the past that the striker would only consider a move if a Premier League team made a move for him, which could easily be understood.
Lewis Ward

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