ON-loan striker Iain Hume is hoping go get his career back on track during his four-month spell at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The 28-year-old knows that his performances in a Doncaster shirt over the next few months will probably determine his future.
Hume readily accepts that he doesn’t fit into the plans of manager Graham Westley, who took over in January.
“All managers have their own way of doing things and obviously I am not (currently) in the plans of the Preston manager and I accept that,” he said
“I’ve come here to play games and the manager here has given me the chance to do that and hopefully I can play as many games as possible and see where we go from there.
“I’ve got two years on my contract still to run and I can’t say that I want to get out because they’ve been so good to me.
“I’m just here to do as much as I can for the club and if they see fit to try and make it permanent then so be it but I’ve got to earn that chance.”
Hume joins Rovers at a time when they are trying to rebuild their squad having lost the bulk of the players who both helped them win promotion to the Championship and kept them there for four years. But the Canadian international says the situation at the Keepmoat Stadium club doesn’t faze him.
“The players that the manager has brought in are all experienced players; he’s not brought a bunch of young kids and tried to gel them together,” he said. “I think the quality is there to see; it is just a case of a bit of fine tuning.
“I think League One is going to be much more open this season. I think last season you had teams who were expected to go up or to at least challenge. I think this season, apart from the likes of Sheffield United, I don’t think you could pick who are likely to be up there at the end of the season. Tranmere and Yeovil are up there now but no disrespect intended, I don’t think they will still be April.
“I think they will be looking to try and make the play-offs. I personally feel that it will be some of the teams who have been in or around the Championship who will do well.
“Having said that, there are no guarantees that a relegated team will do well. I know that from first-hand experience with Preston last season.
“We were expected to go straight back up and we were odds-on to finish in the top two or three but we didn’t and it was disappointing for everyone at the club.”