Doncaster Rovers: Knights welcome to be part of Club Doncaster - Gavin Baldwin

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Doncaster Knights would be knocking at an open door if they wanted to be part of Rovers’ Sporting Club, Gavin Baldwin has said.

Rovers’ chief executive has denied that any formal talks have taken place between the Keepmoat Stadium and Castle Park clubs.

But with Baldwin seeking to expand the ‘Club Doncaster’ dynasty, a link-up between the town’s football and rugby union sides is an option likely to be explored further.

Baldwin’s latest comments come after Knights CEO David Ryall revealed his admiration of the Sporting Club concept in November.

“Doncaster Knights aren’t involved at this stage but what we are doing is talking to partners to see how they could get involved, if they’d like to get involved,” said Baldwin, on the Club Doncaster concept.

“It was interesting that David Ryall, the chief executive of the Knights, went on record to say the concept of all the teams getting together and selling the same tickets was a good strategy.

“That’s essentially what we’re trying to do with Club Doncaster - so I think he’d be knocking at an open door.

“At the moment we’re open to all partners,” he added.

“However, what I will say is that it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to own all of these facilities.

“Knights it would appear are keen because they’ve been talking in the paper about it, but a lot of other facilities have been knocking on the door asking if they can part of it.

“[Club Doncaster] is essentially about providing a sports and lifestyle product for our season ticket holders, to make their lives easier.”

Rovers completed the takeover of Doncaster RLFC in November. Takeovers of two other companies were also discussed at the latest board meeting.