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Rowe's pride at nearing 200 appearance mark for Rovers

2 September 2022

Tommy Rowe says the prospect of reaching the 200th appearance mark for Rovers against Mansfield Town this weekend will be a proud moment.

But he insists he is only focused on helping Rovers continue their strong start to the campaign.

On the start to the season:

“Pre-season for us was a chance to reset and I think you’re starting to see the signs of a strong and productive pre-season.

“It’s been tough in terms of changing the mindset and the approach and slowly but surely we did it through each game of pre-season.

“Now we’re at the stage where we’ve started to carry a bit of momentum.

“We keep adapting, in terms of injuries that we’ve had a few of already.

“It’s all achievable as a collective unit when you have the mindset to get through those bumps in the road and challenges.

“We’ve done that through a tough schedule but it all comes down to the work ethic around training. I think that’s why we’ve got some early success.”

On being among the experienced core of the squad:

“We’re the senior lads so we’ll take the responsibility on with that.

“In terms of commitment though, we’ve got a very strong team, a strong bench, a great backroom staff and a great culture throughout the club.

“It’s not about what three senior lads do, or what the young lads do, it’s how we’re buying in it together.

“We’ve yet to have a dip in form where you’re challenged. But these are the moments where you have to work even harder.”

On the prospect of making his 200th appearance for Rovers:

“I’m really proud to have made so many appearances for the club.

“Coming back to Doncaster for this spell, it felt like I could achieve a milestone like that because of the confidence in the club and in the recovery of the club having seen it first hand following relegation.

“I’ve got to go out and kick a ball about and that’s the fun bit.

“I’m delighted to be here, delighted to be at the club still and long may it continue.

“I’ve had to work at it and like every relationship, they are there to test you but if you work hard on it, it’s worthwhile in the long run.

“For me, I can say we’re only early on in the relationship still because I feel as healthy as I ever have been and we’re in good form now. As long as I’m still enjoying it, I’ll be at Doncaster doing that.

“It’s not about milestones for me in football right now.

“I go through every session like it’s my last. I really get my drive for playing football from the will and want to come into work each day and give my all for the players and the staff.”

On scoring against Mansfield to secure promotion, the last time the clubs met:

“It was a great moment in a great season.

“They were nice moments but they’ve gone. We quickly change it to the future and hope we can make more moments like that down the line.”

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