New boy Adam Long is relishing the prospect of competing for a starting berth in the heart of the Rovers defence.
The 21-year-old signed a two-year deal after switching from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee and is looking to establish himself as a regular starter at senior level.
To do that with Rovers he will need to force himself ahead in a highly competitive race for centre back spots.
“The manager said he wants me to come in and work hard and results will start to show for you,” Long said.
“I just feel like it is for me to prove myself and get games at men’s football level.
“I’m hoping that Doncaster can be a place where I can do that and hopefully we can be successful.
“I feel like it’s been a long time coming. I’ve played a handful of games at senior level and I feel the time is right to play on a more regular basis.
“The manager has laid out his plans for the season and how he wants to play and I feel that just fits me perfectly.”
Long was part of a Wigan squad that won promotion from Sky Bet League One last season and says the experience has prepared him to aid Rovers’ efforts for an immediate return to the third tier.
He said: “I feel last season gave me an insight into how it was and what it takes.
“I know how big this club is and we should be pushing for promotion this season.”