Defender Andy Butler has agreed a new six-month deal with Rovers, with the option of a further 12 months.
Butler re-joined the club on a short-term deal in the summer after a year away, and after working his way into contention has started Rovers’ past six games in all competitions.
As well as that, he was put in temporary charge of the team in November, when manager Darren Moore and members of his coaching staff were self-isolating having come into close contact with a positive Covid-19 case.
Butler oversaw the 5-1 win at FC United of Manchester in the Emirates FA Cup first round, as well as the narrow defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers U23s in the Papa John’s Trophy.
He said: “I’ve loved every minute of being back, I’ve been able to play with a smile on my face and enjoy coming into training every day.
“The people around the place have made it feel like I’ve never been away, and I class all the boys as friends as well.
“I’ve played the last few games and hopefully showed people that I can still do it at a decent level, I’m still working on improving my game.
“Once I had played the game at Northampton I couldn’t stop smiling, it was good to be thrown in and test myself.”
As well his role at Rovers, Butler is also manager of the Doncaster Rovers Belles, and he is hoping his new deal will allow him to improve his own managerial attributes by learning from the staff around him.
He added: “It’s brilliant being able to learn from the gaffer, he wanted me to do a presentation after the games I took charge of to see if we’re on the same page.
“I’ve taken things from different managers throughout my career whether that’s positive or negative and put it into my own coaching style.
“Playing wise I want to keep playing football and enjoying it as much as possible, and on the managerial front I want to push the Belles to improve even more and keep putting the hard work in.”