It has been a roller-coaster of a season at Doncaster Rovers, hasn’t it?
Despite beginning the campaign as one of the favourites to be relegated from League One, Grant McCann’s side exceeded all expectations by qualifying for the play-offs earlier this month.
With Rovers facing a semi-final showdown with a Charlton Athletic side who finished fifteen points above them during the regular season, not many gave them a chance of prevailing over two-legs.
Although they would lose 2-1 to the Addicks at the Keepmoat Stadium on May 12th, a spirited display in the return tie last Friday culminated in them being eliminated from the play-offs on penalties at The Valley.
After being consigned to another year in the third tier, Donny could end up being powerless to prevent their talisman John Marquis from leaving this summer.
A stand-out performer for McCann’s side during the 2018/19 campaign, it could be argued that without the £225k-rated ace’s (via Transfermarkt) 26 goal contributions, the Yorkshire-based outfit would not have been able to secure a top-six finish.
Having displayed his vast array of talents both at League One and League Two level during his three-year stint with Rovers, Marquis could be tempted by interest from elsewhere over the coming months, especially if he is contacted by sides who are in the Championship.
After only being given sporadic chances to impress in the second tier by Millwall in the past, it would be understandable for the forward to want to prove himself in one of the most competitive divisions in world football.
Indeed, if Donny do end up losing Marquis when the transfer window opens in July, they could very well end up struggling next season.
Yet by using the money from the former Northampton Town loanee’s sale to bring in a number of valuable additions to what is already a solid squad, there is no reason why they cannot continue to thrive in League One under the guidance of McCann.
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