DONCASTER ROVERS: Dean Saunders to face fans at their annual meeting

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DONCASTER Rovers Supporters’ Club chairman Len South doesn’t intend to dwell on last season when addressing the club’s AGM at the Keepmoat Stadium’s Lakeside bar tonight (7.30pm).

Mr South told The Star: “ Let’s put last season behind us and look forward to the new season. I don’t want to depress everybody by talking too much about last season.”

Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders, who didn’t attend the Fans’ Forum at the stadium last month, will be at tonight’s meeting. He is expected to address fans and then take part in a a question-and-answer session, with what Supporters’ Club officials hope will be a good turn-out of fans.

“We are hoping Dean is going to give us a bit of an insight into what his plans are for the future,” said Mr South.

“We all want to know whether there has been any approaches this week for any of the contracted players. Particularly as he has gone on record as saying that he needs some of the big earners to move out to not only help reduce the budget, but also to bring in new players.”

Mr South paid tributes to departed duo Sam Hird and James Hayter, who were both out of contract.

“They were both good servants to the club and we wishing them success at their new clubs. James, in particular, will always be remembered for scoring the winning goal in the League One Promotion Play-Off final at Wembley.”

He added: “We’ve heard rumours that Middlesbrough are interested in George Friend and that Simon Gillett is wanted by two other clubs.

“We are resigned to the fact that we might lose a few key players in the next few weeks, but I certainly would like to see Dean keep the spine of the side together.

“I’m hoping that it will be a positive meeting. There might be one or two awkward questions for Dean, I don’t know, but if there are I’m sure that he’ll have no problem in answering them.”

Rovers have confirmed that admission prices for the three home warm-up games will be £10 (adults) and £1 (16 and under). Adult admission will remain the same for the Capital One Cup tie against York City, but juniors will be charged £5.