DONCASTER ROVERS: Chairman John Ryan to meet fans

Vision: John Ryan will meet fans on the day the 2012-13 fixtures are published.              PICTURE: marie caley
Vision: John Ryan will meet fans on the day the 2012-13 fixtures are published. PICTURE: marie caley

DONCASTER Rovers followers are to get the opportunity to quiz chairman John Ryan and hear his vision for the future at a specially-arranged fan meeting later this month.

After the disappointment of last season’s relegation and the difficulty so far in bringing players in, fans will now get the opportunity to hear what plans the club has as they contemplate the return to League One.

Ryan, along with other major shareholders, will head uop the meeting planned for the Keepmoat Stadium on Monday, June 18 (6.15) - the day next season’s league fixtures are announced.

Ryan says it will give the fans chance to discuss club matters and hear about the plans for team rebuilding, something which has caused some concern amongst Rovers followers with manager Dean Saunders saying players must leave before he can recruit.

Clearly Ryan will be a key figure on the evening as he outlines the way ahead and the club’s plans for reclaiming a place back in The Championship as soon as possible.

Among the issues to be addressed will be investment in the squad for next seaosn and how they are looking to rebuild.

The fans - who will be admitted free albeit by ticket only from the Keepmoat Stadium - will also hear about the plan for the management of the Keepmoat which is to be transferred to Rovers’ control next month. The club is expected to outline what this means in the future and what impact it will have on the playing finances.

Fans will get their chance to discuss issues with the club who will also outline the commercial prospects and the community plans they have.

Rovers have added two more friendlies. They are at Cleethorpes Town Saturday, July 14 (3pm) and at Blue Square North Gainsborough Trinity on on Tuesday, August 7 (7.45).

First team friendlies lined up include Rotherham Utd (a) on July 24, Wednesday (h) on July 28 and Barnsley (h) on August 4.

Striker John Parkin, who had a loan spell at Rovers last season, has been released by Cardiff City.

Steve Evans says the capture of Iceland international Kari Arnason is a “staggering” signing for Rotherham United.

The Millers boss says he is “absolutely thrilled” to have brought the 29-year-old midfielder to the club after he had turned down a new deal at Aberdeen.

“I was told by people that we’d no chance of getting someone like Kari not least because of the other clubs who were in for him,” said Evans.

Evans is planning an eighth signing next week.