DONCASTER ROVERS: James Harper hoping for his Rovers debut

Former Tiger: James Harper is keen to play against old club Hull.                                Pictures: dean atkins
Former Tiger: James Harper is keen to play against old club Hull. Pictures: dean atkins
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DONCASTER Rovers midfielder James Harper is hoping that if manager Dean Saunders does decide to ‘freshen’ things up in tonight’s Capital One Cup first round tie against Hull City at the Keepmoat Stadium, that he will be one of those players promoted from the bench.

Not only would he be making his full debut for Rovers if selected but it would be against the club he played for last season before being released.

Harper, who was signed from Sheffield United, made 27 starts in his two years at the KC Stadium club.

The 31 year-old was signed just prior to the start of the club’s League One campaign after impressing Saunders in pre-season friendlies and has featured on the bench in all three league games.

Many of the players expected to turn out for Steve Bruce’s side tonight will be familiar to Harper.

Like Saunders, Bruce is expected to rest some of the players involved in Saturday’s goalless Championship draw away to promoted Charlton Athletic, which took the Tigers’ points tally to four from three games.

City have looked solid at the back so far this season and have only conceded one goal - in the 1-0 defeat at relegated Blackburn last Wednesday.

They have struggled to score goals, however, and only striker Aaron McLean has hit the target. His goal helped give the Tigers a 1-0 win over visiting Brighton on the opening day of the season.