Countdown to kick-off: O’Connor still rooting for Rovers

Doncaster Rovers vs Hull City - James Coppinger celebrates his goal with team mate James O'Connor. Picture: Liz Mockler D6964LM
Doncaster Rovers vs Hull City - James Coppinger celebrates his goal with team mate James O'Connor. Picture: Liz Mockler D6964LM

DEPARTED defender James O’Connor says getting off to good start could be crucial to Rovers’ season, writes Paul Goodwin.

The 27-year-old regards his six-year stay at Doncaster as the highlight of his career.

O’Connor contacted the Free Press this week to pass on a message of thanks to the club’s fans.

He joined Derby County earlier this month on a two-year deal but says Rovers will be the first score he looks for on a Saturday night.

“There’s been such a high turnover of players, it’s difficult to judge how things will go this season,” said O’Connor.

“But the most important thing is getting off to a good start and getting a bit of momentum.

“Hopefully they’ll kick on and do well.

“In all honesty I didn’t know a lot about Doncaster Rovers when I first joined.

“But it’s a great club and I want to thank all the fans for the support they gave me.

“My time at Doncaster will probably be the best time of my career.

“I got to play with a great bunch of lads, we played some great football and enjoyed some fantastic success.

“Obviously the play-off final win at Wembley was the stand out moment.

“I regard myself as really lucky to have been part of those times and it’s just a shame it ended the way it did last season with relegation.

“The move to Derby probably came at a time when it suited both parties,” he added.

“But I won’t forget my time at Doncaster.

“I’ve got some great memories to look back on when I hang up my boots and I wish the club all the best for the future.”