Ben Whiteman hopes he can achieve his dream of playing Championship football while still a Rovers player after committing his long-term future to the club.
The 23-year-old midfielder signed a new contract in late November, declining overtures from clubs already in the second tier to remain at the club he told DNA Quarterly ‘feels like family’.
“It is flattering to have this interest, for sure, but this club feels like home and it has done ever since I first joined on loan,” he said.
“When I went out to Mansfield it felt like a loan, as much as I enjoyed my time there, but this club has felt like my family from the moment I walked through the door - everyone has been different class and that means a lot.
“The contract has been in the pipeline for a while, the board came to me when there was interest in the summer. I’m really pleased it’s all sorted.”
Second tier clubs made enquiries as early-season performances impressed, but Ben feels he has unfinished business at Rovers.
“I can see the long-term vision coming into place,” he added.
“Both from the owners with where they want to the club to be, but from my side the manager is pivotal. He knows so much about football and cares so much about improving us.
“You can see that with some of the little changes, tweaks to the U23s and how the good younger players we have are coming along even more.”
Read the full interview in DNA Quarterly available now from the Club Store and Club Doncaster Box Office.