Doncaster Rovers: MacKenzie sold on Dickov’s plans

Gary MacKenzie tussles with Curtis Main while playing for Bradford City at the Keepmoat last season
Gary MacKenzie tussles with Curtis Main while playing for Bradford City at the Keepmoat last season

Gary MacKenzie is convinced Doncaster Rovers will mount a strong push for promotion if Paul Dickov’s plans fall into place this summer.

Centre half MacKenzie signed a two-year deal at the Keepmoat yesterday after being sold on the club by Dickov over lunch.

And he is confident Rovers will force their way into the top six in the coming season.

“I was keen already about coming here,” MacKenzie said. “But when he spoke about the players he wanted to bring in, spoke about myself and his ambitions, I agreed with him.

“I could see where he was coming from.

“Every time I’ve played against Doncaster, they’ve always been there or there abouts.

“I don’t see why if he adds the players he wants to add that we shouldn’t be too far away come the end of the season.”

The 29-year-old left Blackpool in the summer after an injury hit campaign which concluded with a loan spell at Bradford City.

MacKenzie scored for the Bantams in their 3-0 win over Rovers at the Keepmoat last term which effectively ended the club’s play-off push.

Dickov has targeted experience and mental strength in the transfer market this summer in order for Rovers to mount a more concerted effort for a top six place.

And his countryman says experience will be vital in a what looks set to be another fiercely competitive League One campaign.

Mackenzie said: “The gaffer said to me that he wanted to get the spine of his team strong, with some experience and that’s what he’s trying to do.

“I’ve got good experience at the top end of this league and I’ve played almost 50 games in the Championship as well.

“It’s all right having quality young kids in a team but I think you need experience.

“I’m only 29 so I still believe I’ve got my best years to come as a centre back.

“But having played in League One for three years I know what it’s about.

“If you can as many people with a bit of experience in and some young players around that, the team can flourish.”

MacKenzie has played 75 games in League One during spells with MK Dons and Bradford plus 47 matches in the Championship.

The former Rangers traineee revealed he turned down offers from Scottish Premiership clubs to join Rovers.