Saunders seeking reinforcements

ALL SMILES: Rovers' Kyle Bennett celebrates his goal with David Cotterill against Bury. Picture: Andrew Roe
ALL SMILES: Rovers' Kyle Bennett celebrates his goal with David Cotterill against Bury. Picture: Andrew Roe

DEAN Saunders is lobbying Doncaster Rovers’ major shareholders for a bigger budget as he aims to build on the club’s perfect start back in League One.

Saunders has seen his new-look side get off to a flyer with impressive wins over Walsall and Bury - despite being unable to name a full complement of substitutes in either game.

His attempts to bolster his squad - and rubberstamp a deal for Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Nicky Weaver - have stalled after spending his remaining budget for wages on midfielder James Harper.

Any further squad strengthening could now rest upon the uncertain future of James Coppinger who continues to be linked with next week’s Capital One Cup opponents Hull City.

However Saunders, who is lining up Fabien Robert as a replacement for Coppinger, has not given up hope of twisting the board’s arm.

Saunders said: “I’m trying my best [to persuade the board to increase the budget].

“At the end of the day it’s their money. John Ryan, Terry Bramall and Dick Watson are the ones putting their hands in their pockets.

“It depends where you want to finish,” he added.

“At the moment if we got four or five injuries we’d have to call a game off!

“We could really do with another defender and a striker. If we do lose Copps we’d also have to replace him with another wide player.”

Rovers are hoping to win their first three league games for the first time since 1994 when they host Crawley Town on Saturday

Saunders said: “We’re delighted with the start but Crawley will be another tough game.

“I expect a reaction from them after they lost 3-0 to Swindon in midweek.”