Doncaster Rovers are expected to succeed in League Two this season – and it is not just supporters and pundits with that mindset.
Tommy Rowe admits a culture has been fostered at the club which sees players and staff demanding more, collectively and individually.
And he is confident that will drive them to success this season.
“We’re critical of ourselves because we expect the best,” Rowe told the Free Press.
“The management expect more of us in every game, even when we do well.
“We’re never satisfied. We want to keep pushing and pushing, working harder and harder.
“We’ve shown different formations during pre-season which has been pleasing.
“It’s different strings to our bow and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the start.
“We’ve got to go into every game to compete and get the points.
“It’s going to be a tough, long season and we need to win as many games as we can.”
The addition of Rowe, following his impressive loan stint last season, kicked off a busy summer of business for Rovers.
Such was the surprise of securing a player of Rowe’s calibre and age, his signing helped sweep away a lot of the negativity which came with the manner in which Rovers were relegated from League One.
Like Rovers, the 27-year-old is expected to deliver but says he does not feel the pressure which comes with that.
He said: “It doesn’t faze me one bit and I don’t think about it.
“The job is simple, whether it’s me or anyone else at the club.
“We’re here to work hard for this club.
“And with the atmosphere here, it’s easy to do. I love the team we’re around. Everyone loves it.
“You only have to go down to the training ground to see how amazing a job we’ve got, coming in every morning and enjoying working hard.
“The togetherness in the group is strong.
“Our trip to Scotland was very important to get some togetherness. We definitely got that, it was fantastic.
“And we had a very solid week of work which we took into the pre-season games.
“Our organisation and talking has been there and that comes with the bonding off the pitch.
“We now have to show that this season.”