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Eager To Return

25 July 2016

Exclusive with McCullough upon penning three year contract extension.

Luke McCullough says that he cannot wait to return to first team action following the signing of his new three year contract extension with the club.

The Northern Ireland international spoke exclusively to about a new chapter at Keepmoat Stadium.

“The gaffer mentioned it to me in the off season about singing a new contract. It was always going to get done, and now its finally done I’m excited about being part of what’s going to happen obviously this season and hopefully leading on to more than that after,” he said.

“I’ll be involved tomorrow night (at York City) and hopefully get some minutes.

“I was actually supposed to be involved on Saturday but obviously that got called off due to the injuries but I’ll be involved tomorrow night and I just want to get started now and get back on the pitch.

“The manager has obviously put his trust in me and wants to keep me here for another few seasons so it (performing well at the end of the 15/16 season) did me no harm.”

McCullough arrived in South Yorkshire in 2013 and has made nearly 100 appearances in the red and white hoops despite being just 22 years of age.

“I think I’ve improved massively. Obviously I was quite young when I first came and I was still learning the game but I’ve improved heaps and bounds and I really want to influence the team more rather than just concentrate on myself which is what I did when I first came,” he said.

“I do feel like I’m one of the mature ones maybe – I certainly look mature! I definitely think I’m more senior now than when I came and I can help the younger players too. 

“To be fair they (the new signings) have all settled in really quickly. I came back a bit later and the new lads had already settled in already so there was no problem there.”

The Portadown-born midfielder has progressed all the way through the Northern Ireland youth ranks to the senior side and was part of the 23 man squad that was edged out in the last 16 of Euro 2016 by Wales.
“It was unbelievable just to be a part of it all,” he said. 

“Obviously I didn’t get on the pitch but to be on the inside and be part of the whole experience was unbelievable.

“International football is different so I can tell them about things and different things that happened and everything was on a bigger scale and grander but I just want to concentrate on being back here and helping Doncaster.

“Seeing the fans was unbelievable and it gave you inspiration. The lads got a massive kick off seeing them and the locals and other countries said that our fans were the best and I think we all agreed with that and it gave us a massive lift.”

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