Doncaster Rovers: Ex-Iron man Jamie McCombe relishing Scunthorpe United return

Jamie McCombe. Picture: Andrew Roe
Jamie McCombe. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Jamie McCombe is relishing the opportunity to ‘get one over’ on the club where he started out as a trainee.

Rovers’ centre half recalled fond memories of his time with Scunthorpe United during his apprenticeship and his 60-plus appearances in the claret and blue.

That time also included cleaning the boots of United’s current manager Russ Wilcox.

But the 31-year-old says he will have no time for sentiment come this weekend’s test at Glanford Park as he eyes up the derby day ‘bragging rights’.

“I owe them [Scunthorpe] a lot, they gave me my first opportunity in football and I always look out for their results,” said the Doncaster defender.

“I still speak to Dave Syers [former Rovers midfielder], I spoke to him on Thursday morning, so I know quite a few of the players.

“I know the manager too - I used to clean his boots when I was a YTS so I know a lot about the club.

“The way I’ve always been is that you want to get one over on your old team.

“Hopefully we can turn them over and have the bragging rights.”

The Iron have struggled with numerous injuries to a collection of first team players since their automatic promotion into League One this season.

But McCombe says they will not be taking their hosts lightly despite United recording just two wins from their opening ten games in the third tier.

“It’s difficult for Scunthorpe at the minute, they’re struggling with injuries and they’re finding it tough,” said McCombe.

“It’s a massive game for both teams. Hopefully we’ll be in for a good entertaining game - but one that’s not got too many goals in it!

“With the Notts County game called off, that’s going to put us two games behind so there’s a lot riding on it.

“If we play the way we can play and everybody performs, there’s no reason we can’t get all three points.”

Former Bristol City man McCombe also wants Rovers to get a result for the fans, particularly following their woeful display and 3-0 defeat at Walsall.

“It’s imperative we put on a performance for the fans because after Saturday, we let them down,” he said.

“We need to get them back behind us which I’m sure they will be.”