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Wednesday, 1 May, 2002, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
Doncaster release four
Doncaster Rovers have released a handful of players as manager Dave Penney reshapes his squad ready for a crack at promotion back to the Football League next summer.

Jimmy Kelly, a regular in the side this season, has not been offered a new deal and is leaving along with fellow midfielders Matty Cauldwell and Jamie Squires.

Former Birmingham, Mansfield and Colchester striker Mark Sale, who joined Rovers from Rushden and Diamonds last summer, is also on his way out, along with ex-York City and Scarborough frontman Neil Campbell.


We are probably looking to add another three players, but we are not going to rush into anything
Doncaster boss Dave Penney

Former Oldham defender Ben Futcher, who moved to Belle Vue from Stalybridge Celtic following the sacking of father Paul in March, is not being kept on.

However, there are new deals on the table for England semi-professional defender Tim Ryan, free-scoring midfielder Jamie Paterson, ex-Barnsley youngster Ricky Ravenhill and midfield man Kevin McIntyre, who missed all of this season with a foot injury.

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson has accepted a contract and youngster Ross Thompson, who was on the books at Grimsby, has also been signed.

Penney also plans to bring in a couple of senior players over the summer in a bid to sustain a promotion challenge next season, when the Nationwide Conference hopes to introduce play-offs for a second promotion place.

"We've got to strengthen in certain areas and we need to finish in the top five, if there are going to be the play-offs," he said.

"We are probably looking to add another three players, but we are not going to rush into anything."

Doncaster's playing budget, in line with clubs up and down the country during the current uncertain financial climate, has been cut.

But Penney, who led Rovers to fourth place after replacing Steve Wignall at the turn of the year, added: "That's the way things are at the moment. I'm sure the chairman feels we can be competitive with the budget we've got.

"We don't want to get into a situation like Halifax and Lincoln so we have to be prudent."

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