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McCombe "fit and ready"

8 July 2014

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Big centre half hoping to be part of big plans.

Jamie McCombe has said that the squad have “a point to prove” next season as Doncaster Rovers look to return the Championship, following relegation last term.

The big defender, who arrived two years ago from Huddersfield Town, played a big part in Rovers’ promotion winning season of 2012/13, and is looking for a repeat.

“After last season, everyone has come back with a point to prove so hopefully we can hit the ground running,” he said.

“It would be great to replicate what happened two years ago when we were champions of League One. Every club wants to get promoted but with the squad we’ve got and the quality of football we know we can play, our aim has to be to bounce straight back.”

McCombe, 31, missed most of last season with a serious back injury but has expressed his delight at returning to the fold, “It’s great to be able to take part this year, it’s a really good feeling to be back.  
“Last year was difficult for me, but I’ve worked hard all the way through the summer with Ben Rome and everything has gone well and according to plan and I’m enjoying being able to run pain free.”

McCombe, who could feature against BRADFORD PARK AVENUE and former club LINCOLN CITY at the weekend, will jet off on the squad’s summer camp in Portugal next week.

“Portugal won’t be easy. It’s incredibly difficult in the heat but it’s good for the team. Everyone bonds and it’s a great chance for the boys to get to know each other if they don’t already.  
“It’s vital that as a group we have that team spirit to bounce back to the Championship following relegation last year.   
“We have a good squad here and if we play to the best of our ability there’s no doubt we will be up there at the end of the season.” 

Local lad Jamie – who has also played for Bristol City and Huddersfield Town during his career – could also face his younger brother and YORK CITY defender, John when the sides meet in the Capital One Cup Round 1 in August.

The full interview with Jamie McCombe is now available on Rovers Player.

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