Richard Chaplow is convinced he has backed the right horse in the race for Championship football next season.
The midfielder featured in last season’s Championship play-offs with Ipswich Town and is keen to return to the second tier as quickly as possible.
And after receiving his first minutes in a Rovers shirt during Saturday’s friendly with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chaplow believes he has made the right choice as he plots a route back to the Championship.
“I would not have joined Doncaster Rovers if I did not feel we were in a position to go and compete at the top end of League One,” Chaplow said. “I want to be playing my football in the Championship next season and it was a case of me picking the right horse from the clubs I had in front of me. Out of those, I felt Doncaster Rovers was the strongest one.
“The squad was good and he’s added quality to that.
“I have no doubt we will be fighting up at the top end of the table. If not the play-offs, maybe the top two.”
Chaplow admits he is relishing the prospect of developing relationships with the rest of the Rovers midfield in order to provide for the forwards.
And he says the presence of James Coppinger and Richie Wellens was a big draw for him.
He said: “Myself, Copps, Richie and Paul Keegan will look to get the ball moving and hopefully get Andy Williams or whoever is up to in behind.
“One of the pulls for me coming here was the squad the gaffer already had. It was attractive because I like to get on the ball and play.
“Having played a lot against Richie and Copps, I knew they’d be good for me in terms of getting a few triangles going and popping up in a few different holes.”