DONCASTER Rovers have received a boost ahead of tomorrow’s testing Championship clash against Millwall at the New Den, will skipper Brian Stock’s decision to agree a new deal.
Contract talks between the club and Stock’s advisors, which resumed last month after being put on hold earlier in the season, have reached a successful conclusion.
The influential midfielder, who was out of contract in the summer, is expected to sign a new deal - the details of which have not been made public, sometime next week.
“I didn’t really have any doubts that he would sign to be honest,” said Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll. “But I’m delighted that it is finally done and dusted.”
Stock, who had attracted interest from other clubs, made his return to action - after a month’s lay-off with a calf injury - in Tuesday’s win against Burnley.
“We saw his contribution (to the side) on the night,” said O’Driscoll.
“Small clubs like us can’t do without our best players and he’s obviously one of our best players.”
Stock, who played for 80 minutes on the night, is expected to start against the Lions, but striker James Hayter remains a doubt after picking up an suspected Achilles tendon injury in the same game.
“He’s still struggling,” said the Rovers’ boss. “We’ve not been able to diagnose the problem and he will have a scan and depending on the results we will decide whether we include him or not.
“The likelihood is that he won’t be included, but you never know.”
Team-mate James Coppinger, whose cross led to Rovers’ winning goal against the Clarets, also picked up a knock against Burnley, and didn’t train yesterday.
“His shin is extremely sore but that is all it is,” said O’Driscoll. “Give it another 24 hours it could be better. It depends on how he feels. It’s a waiting game for him.”
Rovers are also expected to make a late decision on keeper Neil Sullivan, who missed his first game through injury on Tuesday since joining the club.
“Neil has got a swelling on his shin,“ said O’Driscoll, who said one option the club were looking at was trying to drain the fluid.
Centre-back Wayne Thomas could come into contention for a place in the squad for the first time this year were he to show no adverse reaction after stepping up his training this week.
But Martin Woods, Shelton Martis, Mark Wilson, Matthew Kilgallon, Simon Gillett and Adam Lockwood, remain sidelined.
Rovers will leave for their overnight hotel buoyed by their first win in six games.
“I think it was important for everybody that we beat Burnley,” said O’Driscoll.
“We’d played well in parts in quite a few games but when we’ve been on top we’ve not been that commanding and when we’ve conceded we’ve conceded poor goals.
“I don’t think that anyone is getting carried away because this is a difficult league for us at full strength. With the injuries we’ve got it makes it doubly so.”