Doncaster Rovers completed their pre-season objective of winning promotion out of League Two this season. They’d have liked to have won the title, but nevertheless it was job done for Darren Ferguson. All focus turns to next season and they’ve just released their retained list.
The former Peterborough United and Preston North End boss has allowed a total of five to leave following the expiration of his contracts. Doncaster are still aiming to trim their squad even further however as five more have been placed on the transfer list as well.
Long-serving midfielder Paul Keegan will be heading out of the club this summer after 145 appearances. The 32-year-old has been playing less and less over recent seasons, with injuries certainly not helping his cause. Tricky forward Gary McSheffrey also exits after a season in Yorkshire. He too has had his injury problems ever since making an impressive loan spell permanent. Full back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair has been on the books since joining from Wigan in 2015 and he too was another to have had big injury problems. Youngsters Joe Pugh and Joey McCormick also leave.
A slightly surprising move by Ferguson has been to transfer list striker Andy Williams, despite scoring 12 goals over the past season. Keeping in line with a common theme, he too is another to have had injury concerns as well. Defender Cedric Evina has been transfer listed as well, a year after he was last told to find himself a new club. Full back Mitchell Lund, who missed the first part of the season through kidney damage, is another that is available for transfer. He went out on loan to Wrexham in the latter part of the campaign. Fellow youth team graduate Harry Middleton is free to move on too. Goalkeeper Ross Etheridge, who spent time out on loan with National League champions Lincoln City is the final name to be told he can go.
Released: Paul Keegan, Gary McSheffrey, Aaron Taylor-Williams, Joe Pugh & Joey McCormick.
Transfer listed: Ross Etheridge, Cedric Evina, Mitchell Lund, Harry Middleton & Andy Williams.