Doncaster Rovers: Thorsten Stuckmann makes himself at home

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Thorsten Stuckmann certainly gives the impression he would not have a problem settling in anywhere.

Playing very much against archaic stereotypes, the giant German cannot resist cracking a joke during an interview, delivering gentle digs to team mates.

He appears to have encountered no teething problems in the early days of his career with Rovers.

And the 6ft 6in goalkeeper says moving his family to Doncaster this week will provide the final piece of the puzzle of his move.

“I just can’t wait until I get in my house and get my family over,” Stuckmann told the Free Press.

“They are 100 miles away from me now. I go there and back and it’s not easy for me and my wife and kids.

“We can’t wait to move in and be together close and it being a short way to training for me. It’s all I need now.

“I really enjoy it, coming in to work every day.

“When you go to work with a smile on your face, that’s the best what can happen.”

Stuckmann had a smile on his face during the pre-season training camp in Portugal and could not understand complaints about the heat from some of his team mates.

He said: “When you wake up in the morning, the sun is shinings and it’s 35 degrees – what else do you want?

“You go out on the football pitch and you enjoy it.

“I had a few of the lads complaining about it being so hot.

“I said if I hear any of you complaining when we get back about the rain and the wind, I’ll probably kill you.

“I used to hot summers in Germany, so I really enjoyed it.

“We did some hard work but that’s what pre-season is all about. We have to get it in now because it’s the last time we go without games until the summer.”

While keen to stress the value of the hard work which took place on the trip, many of the Rovers players and staff have also discussed the team bonding in Portugal that has closely knit together the squad heading into the new season.

And fresh from a successful promotion campaign with Preston North End, Stuckmann says togetherness is a must for any team that wants to make a sustained push.

The 34-year-old said: “We had every minute together out there and it was great for team bonding.

“We had four players in each house and there was a lot of time to talk.

“The goalkeeper house only had two bedrooms so it was Marko Marosi and me.

“He’s a funny lad and we had lots of laughs.

“If we want to be successful this season, we have to be a team. We have to have really good togetherness.

“That’s how it was last season at Preston when we got promoted and I think we’re on a really good way to that here.”