Veteran neil set to stay

Example: Neil Sullivan is a great professional, says Rovers No 2 Richard O'Kelly.                   Picture: Steve Riding
Example: Neil Sullivan is a great professional, says Rovers No 2 Richard O'Kelly. Picture: Steve Riding
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Four years after being discarded by Leeds United, goalkeeper Neil Sullivan is still going strong in the Championship.

Sullivan, who will be 42 in February, is currently considering a new contract offer from Doncaster Rovers.

Support: Gary Woods

Support: Gary Woods

Many fans felt this time last year when Sullivan put pen to paper on a new 12-month deal, that the 2010-11 season would probably be his last campaign at the Championship club.

But Sullivan has continued to defy the ravages of time, and started 32 games last season: “Neil is a good professional,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly.

“He trains well and looks after himself and he’s a great example to other players.

“In some ways his age doesn’t come into it. He comes in every day and works extremely hard.

“He’s got a great rapport with his coach (Lee Butler) and he’s been very influential in Gary Woods coming to the fore this season, so he’s a good person to have around.

“He made some very good saves in the last game of the season at Middlesbrough and he was a good influence on the back four.

“He’s a thoroughly good professional who prepares himself in the right manner,

“He didn’t start a number of games in the second half of the season due to injury and was on the bench for a couple of games.

“When he was fit again and training properly but wasn’t starting, he was still very supportive, so he handled the situation very well.

“Neil’s been around long enough to know the score.

“He would have had to have been blind not to see that Gary had done exceptionally well when he had come in for him when he was injured.

“But all the time that he wasn’t fit and not playing he was very supportive of Gary.”