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MacKenzie aiming for promotion

1 July 2015

New Doncaster Rovers signing Gary MacKenzie spoke to Rovers PlayerHD after signing on at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The 29 year-old former Blackpool and MK Dons defender became the clubs third signing of the summer and has agreed a two-year deal with Rovers.


MacKenzie is hoping that his knowledge of the division along with his age can help take Rovers to the next level.


“It’s good, I’m pleased to be here and to have got the deal done,” said MacKenzie.


“I met with the gaffer last week and he sold me on it, he is positive, ambitious and gave me the feeling that the club is on the up and we can do something pretty special this year.


“I have a bit of experience, especially in this league.  I had three seasons at Milton Keynes where we were always challenging at least in the top six and I have spent the last couple of years playing with Blackpool in the Championship.


“I’m only 29 as well and I still believe I have my best years ahead, I will give everything I can for the team and help out the younger boys and whoever is on the pitch.


“You need a bit of experience throughout your team, we saw Swindon Town do well last year with the majority of youngsters, but when it came to it at the end of the season they fell.”


MacKenzie has scored and helped his former side’s win on his previous two outings at the Keepmoat Stadium.  In 2013 he helped Blackpool to a 3-1 opening day Championship victory and last season scored the opener as Bradford City ran out 3-0 winners.


The defender says that influenced his decision to join Rovers and is determined to take Rovers back to the Championship.


He said: “I’ve really enjoyed coming here, I have yet to lose here and I have managed to get a couple of goals on this ground.


“You think of these things when you are considering coming, it has brought me some good days and I have a good feel about the place.


“It is important that you feel a connection with the ground and it has been a happy one for me so far.


“I want to get promoted, I want to take the club to the next level to have that feeling of doing it together and getting up.


“I’ve never been promoted with a team, I got the move to Blackpool.  We fell short with MK Dons for a couple of years in the play-offs, so hopefully we can get promotion either automatic or through the playoffs and that is my ambition.


“If you ask any player they all want to play at the highest level as they possibly can and it would nice to play in the Championship with a team you have been promoted with.”


You can see Gary MacKenzie in action in our pre-season clashes at the Keepmoat Stadium.  Click here for tickets.

You can watch the full interview on Rovers PlayerHD below:

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