Doncaster are 100% improved on where they started last season according to their coach Tony Miller.
The Dons lost their first eight games of 2010 having reformed after relegation from the Championship.
During that run was an embarrassing 26-0 loss to National Conference club Siddal.
Thankfully those dark days appear to be well behind the club.
“Pre-season training has been really good, I’m really pleased with how the boys are training. The weather disrupted us but that was the same for everyone. We are looking forward to the start of the Northern Rail.”
“We are a 100% further on to where we were last year. Last year we didn’t have the club til late on and we really struggled to attract players whereas this year we’ve had the majority of players in place for the last couple of months. It gives myself and the other coaches better opportunity to get the players prepared.”
Miller is happy with his squad.
“We’ve signed quite a few good players.” He commented. “There are definitely good additions to the squad.”
Spaven brings a little Super League experience to the Keepmoat Stadium based club, having played twice in the top league with Rovers in 2010.
“I’m happy with all the new recruits that we’ve signed.”
Looking ahead to the Northern Rail Cup competition which starts in earnest on Friday night, Tony added, “It’d be nice to progress, we know it’s going to be tough. We’ve got Featherstone away in the first game, which is probably the hardest we could have got, then we’ve got London, at home, followed by Dewsbury at home and Rochdale away.”
“I want us to be competitive in every game and pick up a couple of wins. Hopefully we can progress, but if we don’t, I want us to go into the league campaign with a bit of confidence and in good form.”