Doncaster Rovers: Let’s NOT do the time warp - Jones

Rob Jones. Photo: Andrew Roe
Rob Jones. Photo: Andrew Roe

Rob Jones says his teammates would be naive not to look back at the class of 2013 for inspiration and education ahead of Rovers’ return to League One.

But the 34-year-old says Doncaster should not get stuck in a time warp - because the game has moved on considerably since then.

Led by Jones, Doncaster became a physical, uncompromising, efficient unit on their way to winning League One under Dean Saunders and then Brian Flynn.

Rovers’ skipper, however, has hinted that circumstances will dictate his side adopt a very different approach this time around in the third tier.

Jones, who is fit to start at Yeovil tomorrow, told The Star: “It’s difficult [to read too much into 2012/13] because we’ve now got very different personnel and very different management staff and styles.

“But I think you’d be naive not to look back at it and how things went two years ago.

“We have different players now though.

“And football’s moved on again. The sport evolves every six or seven months.

“So it’s difficult to read too much into it, although we have a nucleus here now that was also here then.

“The real thing you draw upon is the experience of what you did back then.

“If your experience can be good for others, than that’s great for everybody.”

Jones, the club’s new reserve team manager, is also tasked with bringing on the kids this season - but he says they already know exactly what to expect should they get the nod for the first team.

“The young lads know to expect in League One,” he said.

“Most of them were here two seasons ago, sat on the sidelines watching.

“It’s a tough league; big centre halves and big centre forwards. But again, it’s moved on from two years ago, there’s a lot more football played now.

“I think we bullied teams a bit two years ago.

“We’re not as big and strong as we were then. It’s a bit different now.

“Only time will tell if we’ll have to do things a bit differently.

“We’re going into the season very buoyant,” he added.

“We’ve got some good new additions and some young players who want to express themselves and who are excited about getting their chance at first team level.

“If you put all those ingredients together, hopefully we’ll get something good out of it.”