Saunders Spurrs Tommy on to become a Doncaster Rovers leader

'AN EXAMPLE': Rovers boss Dean Saunders believes Tommy Spurr should inspire the club's younger players.
'AN EXAMPLE': Rovers boss Dean Saunders believes Tommy Spurr should inspire the club's younger players.

ROVERS boss Dean Saunders has marked left back Tommy Spurr out as an example the club’s young players should aspire to follow.

Saunders would love to retain the services of the 24-year-old who he believes could become a leader at the club.

He said: “Tommy’s exactly the sort of person we want at this club.

“We want him to be an example to the younger players.

“He’s got a great attitude and he was in before anyone else doing extra training.

“I spoke to him last week and he’s fed up of being part of a losing team.

“He’s excited about the season ahead and wants to be part of a winning team.

“I want Tommy to stay here and play an important role next season.

“He really epitomises the type of player and person we want at Doncaster Rovers.”

Spurr sat out Rovers’ first pre-season game at Cleethorpes Town on Saturday with a thigh problem.

But he returned and played the full 90 minutes of the game at Grimsby Town on Tuesday night.

Saunders was pleased with the first half performance of the 3-2 win at Blundell Park but was disappointed with the way his side let the hosts back into the game in the second half.

He said: “It was nice to get the win but the most important thing was that we came through the game without any injuries.

“We can’t afford to lose anyone right now or we’d be struggling to get a side out for the other games.”

Rovers are back on the road on Saturday with a trip to Bradford Park Avenue (3pm) before visiting Rotherham United’s brand new New York Stadium on Tuesday evening.