‘Rovers fan’ Sean McDaid backs Doncaster to avoid the drop

Sean McDaid made 91 appearances for Doncaster between 2005 and 2010.
Sean McDaid made 91 appearances for Doncaster between 2005 and 2010.

You can take Sean McDaid out of Doncaster Rovers, but you can’t take the Doncaster Rovers out of him.

The popular ex-Rovers defender, whose playing career was cruelly cut short at the age of 25, is backing his former club to avoid the drop.

And he’ll be kicking every ball along the way too.

Now employed as an aspiring agent - and currently representing Rovers star James Coppinger - McDaid holds the Rovers close to his heart and still lives in the town.

So don’t be surprised if you bump into the 27-year-old at a game near you. He regards himself as a Rovers fan these days.

“I’ve seen a lot of Rovers this season. I’m a fan now,” said McDaid.

“I started at Leeds but I had the best spell of my career at Doncaster so I’m a big Rovers fan these days.

“I really hope they can stay up.

“February was a positive month. The players coming back from injury, and Billy Sharp coming back, gave everyone a boost.

“Copps is back fit now too and he’s been playing well of late.

“Obviously the last couple of results have been disappointing but I think they’ll be fine.

“You never really know in the Championship though. It’s so tight. You can never really predict what’s going to happen.”

Almost three years ago to the week, a knee injury forced McDaid to prematurely call time on his playing career.

But a desire to remain in football, and the opportunity to work for a high profile management agency, has seen the Harrogate lad lay down his roots in Doncaster.

“I’ve still live in Doncaster,” he said.

“I bought a house here when I played here, and when I retired at Carlisle I moved back.

“I look after players now for a company called James Grant. I basically cover the north, from Newcastle down to Birmingham.

“I would have loved to have carried on playing and you miss it every single day but the major thing from my point of view was staying in the game.

“If I can help people going forward then I think that will do my reputation in this line of work no harm at all.”