Doncaster Rovers: New boy Richard Chaplow wants quick Championship return

Richard Chaplow, pictured in action for Southampton.
Richard Chaplow, pictured in action for Southampton.

Richard Chaplow hopes his stay in League One will only be a temporary one after becoming Doncaster Rovers’ fourth new arrival of the summer.

The 30-year-old midfielder signed for Rovers on a two-year deal yesterday following his release from Millwall.

For a player who has spent the majority of his career in the Championship and also sampled life in the Premier League, the move represents a drop down in divisions.

However, Chaplow has got his heart set on returning to the second tier at the first available opportunity.

“Over the last few years I probably haven’t played as much football as I would’ve liked at Millwall in a struggling Championship team, which was disappointing from my point of view,” Chaplow told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“Obviously it’s about me now taking a step down in leagues to try and get some more games and kick on, and get back into the Championship. That’s where I want to be playing my football.

“After meeting Paul [Dickov] his views were the same as mine basically. We need to get this club back into the Championship.

“He was very enthusiastic about that and that’s what sold it to me. I’m really looking forward to kicking on.”

Chaplow, who has also had spells with Burnley, West Brom, Preston and Southampton, said his versatility appealed to Paul Dickov.

He said: “I can play in any position across the midfield. I played for Nigel [Adkins] at Southampton on the right and the left, in a sitting role and in the hole.

“Paul will know all about that and he’ll have seen me in those positions when he was at Oldham. He’ll be looking to use that utility and also let me get into the box and hopefully score a few goals.”