New signing set sights on a return to second tier.Richard Chaplow said that he will be using the last two seasons as an added motivating factor when he pulls on the Doncaster shirt for the first time.
The 30 year old midfielder penned a two year deal just yesterday as he became the fourth arrival of the summer at Keepmoat Stadium.
“I’ll be using my next two or three years to prove a few people wrong and hopefully myself and Doncaster can see the benefit of that,” said the former Premier League player.
“I’ve just turned 30 so I think I can bring a lot to the table in terms of the package I can offer as a player; I’ve played in every tier apart from the bottom and I’ve won promotion out of League 1, am experienced in the Championship and have spent seasons in the Premier League.
“I’ve got plenty of experience behind me and know what it takes to get promotion, both on the training ground and on the pitch on a Saturday and I think that was quite an attractive offer for Paul [Dickov].
“I’d like to think that I can offer good performances and I’ve not played enough in the last two years at Millwall for various reasons, but I’m excited to be here and want to be a regular.”
Chaplow, whose former clubs include Burnley, Preston, West Brom and Southampton helped loan club Ipswich Town in to the Championship play-offs last term and cited Paul Dickov’s enthusiasm as a reason for joining.
“From my point of view I needed to make the right footballing decision for myself. Obviously I’ve stepped down a league from where I was last season and I’m looking to get back in the championship with Doncaster this time around,” he said.
“I had to look at which manager, which squad and which set up would suit me best and fit my personality and footballing ability and I met Paul on a couple of occasions and it ticked all the boxes. I’m delighted to be here and I want to kick on.
“He told me that he’s very enthusiastic on the training pitch – which I’ve seen today – and he’s hungry to get this football club back to the Championship and that’s what I’m all about too so it was a no brainer once I’d met him and I put the other clubs that I’d spoken to on the back-burner.
“I’m looking forward to a successful season and fighting at the top end of League 1.”
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