Woods to show what Rovers have been missing

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov
Doncaster manager Paul Dickov
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MARTIN WOODS insists he has plenty of unfinished business at Doncaster Rovers after admitting to having short-changed fans in his last two injury-plagued seasons.

The Scot, released in the summer, has rejoined Rovers until January and is eager to pay back supporters and do his bit to help the South Yorkshire club get some positive results over a congested and arduous schedule to the end of the year.

It starts today’s with the home encounter against Championship leaders QPR.

Woods, on the bench at Charlton on Tuesday, said: “I feel as if I’ve unfinished business. For two years, I had an absolute nightmare and it was not the way I wanted to go out.

“I want to be able to prove to people that I’m back. I went to Milan and got everything fixed in the summer and feel brilliant now and, hopefully, I can repay the fans who I wouldn’t say I’ve given value for money to for a couple of years.

“I want to prove to the fans I can be the player I was a couple of years ago.”

After searching for a deal for a good while, Woods says he was then offered two on the same day by Rovers and Ipswich with the midfielder having also trained at several clubs, including Bristol City and St Johnstone.

He said: “Initially, I was going to go abroad where I had a few options. I also had a few deals offered in League One, but none were suiting me or my family.

“With me looking to go abroad in January, I asked the then chairman (John Ryan) here if I could come in and train and he said: ‘Come on, if you are back to what you were like a few years ago, don’t be surprised if we don’t offer you something and it’s up to the new manager.’

“It was actually weird. I was waiting all summer for something half decent, not money-wise, but an opportunity to go and prove myself and on the Friday, I got a phone call from Mick McCarthy, wanting me to go down and then one from Paul Dickov.

“I was waiting for an opportunity for so long and then got two on the same day.”

QPR is the start of a tough run of fixtures for Rovers with manager Dickov urging his men to dig deep this afternoon.

Dickov said: “You look back and whenever we have played against the better teams, we’ve tended to perform a lot better.

“QPR is a great game for us against a top team and manager. I want to test myself against Harry (Redknapp) on the touchline and no doubt my players want to test themselves against the best team in the league.”

QPR will check on Junior Hoilett, who has a hamstring problem, and Tom Carroll, who has been back at parent club Tottenham with an ankle knock.