Rovers close to Mills cash instalment

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DONCASTER Rovers will benefit financially if Reading beat Swansea in Monday’s Championship Promotion Play-off final at Wembley.

Promotion for the Royals would activate a clause in the reported £1.5 million deal which took Rovers’ centre-back Matt Mills to the Madejski Stadium two years ago.

Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly said that he would be delighted personally for Mills were here to be playing in the top flight next season.

“I remember his third or fourth game for us in the Championship when we played Preston and John Parkin bullied him,” recalled O’Kelly. “But when Parkin came on for Cardiff in the play-offs the other night the first thing Mills did was clatter him, which shows how far the boy has come on and we’d like to feel that we’ve played a part in that.”

O’Kelly says that he was impressed by Reading in their two legged semi-final against the Bluebirds.

“Whereas the Swansea and Nottingham Forest game could have gone either way, I thought than when Reading scored their first goal in the away leg that they romped away with it,” he said. “They are a young side which has matured as the season has progressed.”

O’Kelly feels that tomorrow’s League One final is equally difficult to call.

“It is finely balanced - though judging by their recent results there could be a glut of goals,” he said.

“Peterborough are incredible going forward and have always got a belief that they are going to score more goals than the opposition. Huddersfield, on the other hand, have been on such a run (27 games unbeaten) that you have to respect them, so it should be a cracking game.

“If I was a betting man I’d probably go for Peterborough because, as I say, they’ve got the mentality that they are going to score more goals than their opponents.”