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Doncaster Rovers confirm player departure

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Contract negotiations were unsuccessful with John Bostock and the 30-year-old will leave Doncaster Rovers, as per the club’s website.

Bostock made 43 appearances for Donny in the last season and a half, with Rovers’ performances and results suffering a steep decline.

Rovers were competing for a play-off spot until Darren Moore left the club for Sheffield Wednesday in 2020/21, the club fell away dramatically in the remainder of the campaign and were comfortably relegated in 2021/22.

Bostock only managed 17 league starts for the club this term in a fairly inexperienced group, and it quickly became difficult to stand out in a positive way as Rovers were firmly inside the bottom four for the vast majority of the campaign.

As mentioned in the piece, Bostock did not want to miss out on opportunities at a higher level for signing a new deal at the Keepmoat Stadium, but it seems unlikely he will be towards the top of priority lists in the third tier this summer.

Bostock has played in the USA, Belgium, Turkey and France previously in his career, and at this stage of it, a move back there would probably give him a better chance of securing an improved contract, than what was tabled by Donny.

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There have been some moments of the brilliance of Bostock, that he mainly displayed in the first few years of his senior career, at Doncaster.

However, not enough to convince a progressive third tier club to take him on.

The chances are that the 30-year-old could earn some trials with League One clubs this summer, with the option of signing him on a free, down to his reputation alone, but whether that would lead to first team opportunities at all, let alone more than he would be in for at Doncaster remains to be seen.

Experienced players like Bostock are not looked on as favourably in the EFL in the post-pandemic market and therefore a move abroad again could be on the cards.


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