DONCASTER Rovers full-back Andy Griffin will be more familiar with Fratton Park in today’s League One clash against Portsmouth than the rest of his team-mates.
The 33 year-old free agent who is hoping to secure himself a contract with Rovers, spent two years at the south coast club during what were happier times both on and off the field.
“Harry Redknapp was the manager and the time and he brought me down from Newcastle United in 2004 I spent a couple of happy years down there,” he told The Star.
“It’s a great footballing city and you’ve got real footballing people who really get behind the club which means a lot to them.
“The fans are fantastic and are very loyal to the club and they create a great atmosphere. It’s a shame the club is where they are.
“But, as a player, you have to adapt to tough circumstances. Manager Michael Appleton did a good job before recently leaving to take over at Blackpool.
“I think they have blown hot and cold recently so hopefully we can catch them on a cold day today.
“Guy Whittingham has taken over as caretaker manager and I‘m sure he will be looking to do well. He was there when I was at the club but he was more of a Youth Development coach at the time so I didn’t really come across him much.
“For any manager, if you are taking over a football club and you’ve not really got a budget to work with, or you’ve got a very small budget, then you can’t bring in the players you’d like.
“They are in administration so he’s going to have to do a lot of juggling and he’ll be looking to try and bring in players with desire and players who will give him everything that they’ve got.
“Looking at their squad, they’ve got some decent players on paper and some good footballers. But in the position that they are in they need men and players who are not going to feel sorry for themselves but who are going to roll their sleeves up and give it a really good go every game.
“I’ve been back a couple of times with both Stoke and Reading. I’ve not been booed by the fans so I always take that as a positive.
“We’ve lost our last two league games so hopefully we can go there today and come away with the three points which would check our slide down the table and also set us up for Tuesday’s game at Carlisle.”