Build squad urges South

Plea to fans: Len South
Plea to fans: Len South
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DONCASTER Rovers’ Supporters’ Club chairman Len South has slept better in his bed at night since Sean O’Driscoll’s side made sure of retaining their Championship status at the weekend with a point from a 1-1 draw against Leicester at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“Some people might say that the last few weeks have been exciting but it hasn’t done much for my nerves,” said Mr South.

“Fortunately we are safe now but it has been too close for comfort. It would have resulted in a massive loss of revenue had the club been relegated to League One.

“I certainly can’t see John Ryan and the rest of the directors wanting to risk the same thing happening again next season.

“I know we’ve had a dreadful run of injuries in the second half of the season, but you are always going to pick up injuries in a contact game like football, and I feel that we need to strengthen the squad.

“I know money is tight, but if the Board can give manager Sean O’Driscoll a big enough package I’m sure he’d bring in the players we need,”

Mr South says the supporters can play their part.

“I would urge all season ticket holders to renew them for next season,” he said. “I would like to see more supporters buy one,

“I know some people were unhappy at the various promotions that the club have run this season to try and increase crowds, and have threatened not to buy a season ticket for next season.

“But they still represent good value for money if you watch Rovers every home game,

“It is also money in the bank and it enables the club to budget better for the next year.

“The more season tickets the fans buy the more money the board are likely to make available to the manager during the summer.”

Mr South fears that some supporters could be put off buying a season ticket by speculation that leading scorer Billy Sharp could be on the move this summer, just 12 months after joining Rovers in a club-record £1.15m transfer.

“Billy has proved a real value-for-money signing and had he not being injured I don’t think we would have found ourselves in the same situation; we struggled to score goals after losing Billy,” he said.

Mr South says that unless a Premier League club showed an interest in the summer, he expects him to still be a Doncaster player come next August.

“I personally don’t think Billy Sharp will want to leave; I think he is happy here and enjoying his football,” he said.