Tony Miller is pleased to see the first pieces of next season’s Dons team coming together, even though he won’t be in charge.
Head coach Miller is to step down at the end of the current campaign.
But before he waves goodbye to the club, he is helping successor Paul Cooke with recruitment for the 2014 season.
And the pair completed their first round of business this week by tying down five current Dons forwards to deals for next year.
Matt Carbutt, Russ Spiers, Mark Castle, Brett Waller and Mike Emmett have all committed their futures to the club.
“I want the squad to be as stronger as possible when I leave at the end of the season,” Miller told the Star.
“And with the five lads signing up, I think we’ve got off to a great start.
“You have a little bit of a worry about the difference in physicality when you’re promoted but our pack has more than held it’s own this season.
“We want to keep the vast majority of this current squad together because they’ve gelled into a very strong side as the season has gone on.
“Myself and Paul will be working hard to add a few quality players to the squad before next season.
“It’s about improving year on year and if we can add some stronger players this winter then it will help that.”
Dons supporters can take advantage of frozen season ticket prices – if they buy their new tickets on August 18 when Swinton Lions visit the Keepmoat.
As part of the deal, adult prices will be £120 while children’s will be just £15 .
The Dons will be looking for a fifth straight win in the Championship when they travel to Halifax on Sunday.