Rob Jones says he has never considered hanging up his boots and would love to continue his playing career at Rovers.
The 35-year-old club captain and Development Squad boss has managed just 22 appearances in the last two seasons due to serious neck and knee injuries.
But he insists retirement from playing has never crossed his mind.
“I’ve missed two much football in the last two years,” Jones said.
“I’m nearly 36. I want to play football.
“I want to continue my coaching but I want to play football first and foremost. It’s as simple as that.
“The U21 job is brilliant but it comes second.
“I want to stop when I want to stop, not when somebody else tells me to.
“I was out for a long time but my body feels good. I feel strong and I feel fit.”
Jones is out of contract at the Keepmoat in the summer and says ultimately, the decision on his future rests with boss Paul Dickov.
But extending his stay with Rovers beyond three years is something he definitely wants.
He said: “I’m out of contract in the summer and hat’s out of my hands. It’s decisions other people make.
“I’ve had three fantastic years, injury plagued, but fantastic.
“My career has gone through the roof since I came here.
“I’ve won a title, played in the Championship again, became caretaker manager and then U21 manager so an awful lot has happened.
“I want to continue that.
“We’ve had brief discussions but it’s not in my hands.
“Until that piece of paper is put in front of you it doesn’t mean an awful lot.
“The manager knows I want to stay, the rest of the players know I want to stay. We’ll see.”
Jones revealed he has been fit enough to place since January but had to wait for his opportunity to come back into the side, something which came a week ago against Leyton Orient.
He said: “People don’t realise that I’ve been fit for quite a while.
“The lads in front of me have done well and it’s been difficult for me to get back into that starting line-up.
“The says patience but people who know me know I’m not a patient guy.
“It’s one of those things you have to deal with.
“On the flip side it’s been good to get back involved. I want to finish the season as strong as possible.”