Doncaster Rovers: Chris Brown upbeat for season ahead

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Chris Brown is keen to look ahead to Rovers’ League One campaign following the club’s dramatic relegation on the final day of last season.

David Nugent’s 75th minute penalty gave Championship champions Leicester the vital victory over Paul Dickov’s men which - coupled with Birmingham City’s last-gasp equaliser - relegated Rovers into the third tier of English football.

Doncaster Rovers Player of the Year - Chris Brown

Doncaster Rovers Player of the Year - Chris Brown

As several players are using the off-season break to decide their futures with Rovers, Brown - who remains under contract with the club - has been looking ahead to a new campaign despite the relegation wounds still admittedly hurting Doncaster’s towering forward.

“It wasn’t nice, obviously, no-one really saw it coming [relegation],” the industrious striker said.

“That was the thing - we got sucked in with seven games to go.

“But we’ve got to look forward now.

“We can’t do anything about it and we’ve got a great set of lads.

“No doubt the gaffer will be bringing some top quality players in and we’ll give it a good go.”

Brown proved to be one of the positives in what was a difficult campaign for Dickov’s men.

The tall number nine clinched a collection of man of the match accolades for his determined displays and received the Doncaster Rovers’ Player of the Year at The Star’s 2014 Football Awards.

And the former Sunderland trainee says his consistent form was largely down to him being match-fit and free from injuries which included overcoming a broken foot and a hamstring problem.

“With Ben Rome [Rovers’ fitness coach] coming to the club, that’s gone hand in hand. I do a lot of work with him in the gym including prehab stuff and trying to look after myself. It’s worked well,” he said.

Brown, who netted nine times in the Championship, went on: “On a personal note I was happy with the amount of games that I played.

“I was consistent. Obviously, I would’ve like a few more goals but that was one of those things.”