Doncaster Rovers midfielder Ben Whiteman has signed a new contract with the club following transfer speculation as confirmed on their official website.

Whiteman had been linked with a move away from Doncaster however he has now put pen-to-paper on a new deal with Darren Moore’s side.

The 23-year-old’s new deal will keep him at the club until 2023 and despite recent discussions of a move away, he has claimed that the Keepmoat is ‘home’ and is delighted to have extended his stay.

“This is a club that has felt like home for me,” he said. “The manager is a massive part of that, and the staff, and another main reason is the lads. It was always going to be tough decision whether to stay or leave.”

“But it just didn’t feel right for me yet. That’s not to say I’m going to leave but it just didn’t feel right. Once you get that gut instinct it was an easy decision for me to stay. Getting that captain’s armband was a big part of it too.”

“Especially with everything that went off in the summer, the manager pulled me to one side along with Copps and said he would be club captain and I would be team captain. I couldn’t wish to share it with someone better than him. I think it’s well documented on how close we are.”

Whiteman has been an important member of the squad this season and despite recent mixed form which has seen them slip to 13th place in League One they are only a couple of wins outside the play-off places.

Darren Moore also expressed his delight at the new deal. “It is wonderful news to have Ben extend his contract with us, he has been spot on since I came in during the summer in terms of his mentality and focus,” he said.

“He has been a joy to work with. There are aspects of his game he can still improve, but we’re working with him every day to make him even better and stronger.”