LIKE a number of his team-mates, Doncaster Rovers defender Adam Lockwood goes into the club’s last game of the 2011-12 season against Ipswich Town tomorrow not knowing what the future holds for him.
The 30-year-old centre-back, who joined the club from Yeovil in July 2006, is the second longest serving player on the club’s books behind James Coppinger and is keen to stay on at the Keepmoat club.
“It’s a club which is close to my heart,” said the Wakefield-born centre-back,
“I’ve been here a long time now and been part of the success that the club have enjoyed such as winning the Johstone Paint Trophy and promotion to the Championship.
“I’ve had more highs than lows and I’ve really enjoyed it. So it would be a silly question if someone asked me if I wanted to stay but that isn’t just down to me.
“I’ve tried to do my upmost in every game I played since I’ve been back from my knee injury and tried to make sure that I’m in the thoughts of the people running the club.
“First and foremost, however I’ve just been focused on trying to help the club. We were in a sticky situation when I came back after my long lay-off, which was very frustrating because the team were struggling and I wasn’t able to help them.
“My focus in recent weeks has been on doing what I get paid for, and that is playing football for the club, and doing my best.
“It’s down to other people whether I’ve done enough to earn myself a new contract and we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
“After having had a long spell out of the game I’m just happy to be playing games again at the minute.
“Obviously everyone connected with the club is disappointed that we’ve been relegated. It’s the first time it has happened to me in my career and it’s not a nice feeling.
“We’ve had mixed teams, suspensions and injuries and we haven’t had a settled side since the start of the season. When that happens it’s hard to get any continuity.
“Everyone is disappointed and will be for some time to come, but there is no point in dwelling on it.
“It has happened and it is up to everyone here next season to try and pull together and help the club move forward again.
“Whether I’ll still be here, I don’t know. There are going to be changes during the summer as there always are at all clubs.”
Teams and ref
ROVERS (possible): G Woods, O’Connor, Lockwood, Friend, Husband, Coppinger, Gillett, Hird, Oster, Robert, Hayter.
IPSWICH (possible): Lee-Barnett, Edwards, Delaney, Smith, Cresswell, Leadbitter, Emmanuel-Thomas, Stevenson, Drury, Chopra, Murphy or Scotland.
Scott Mathieson (Cheshire): Will be taking charge of his second game at the Keepmoat Stadium this season. He handled the club’s opening Championship home game of the season, booking Rovers’ striker Chris Brown and the visitor’s Carlton Cole in West Ham United’s 1-0 win. He has handed out 99 yellow cards but only three reds in his 39 games this season.
No Rovers’ fan will need reminding that Ipswich Town handed the home side a 6-0 drubbing in the corresponding fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium last February. They had also beaten Rovers 3-2 at Portman Road several weeks earlier. It will be Rovers who will be looking to complete the double tomorrow having won 3-2 at Portman Road in November thanks to a Billy Sharp brace. It finished honours even in 2009-10 with the two teams battling out a 1-1 draw at Portman Road towards the end of the season after earlier sharing six goals at the Keepmoat Stadium.