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Spurr pleased by Rovers' team spirit as he returns to Doncaster
4:58pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Football
TOMMY Spurr is ready to hit top gear with Blackburn, and put the brakes on old club Doncaster in tonight’s battle of the Rovers.
Spurr is set for a swift return to Donny, who he won promotion with as champions of League One last season only to leave on the eve of the new campaign for a new life across the Pennines.
The 25-year-old is optimistic that Paul Dickov’s men will do enough across 46 Championship games to survive without him, despite the absence of promised investment at Doncaster contributing to his move.
But he is not sure how the Keepmoat car school is coping in his absence.
He probably won’t find out until after the game at least, after his old team-mates put up a wall of silence.
“I spoke to the Donny lads earlier in the week but they’re not talking to me now,” said Spurr, who was part of a seven-man car school.
“Billy Paynter bought a Kia Sedona and seven lads used to get in. It was a 10-year-old thing but it showed what the lads are like at Donny, there was a great craic.
“Everyone chucked money in for petrol and it got everyone to training.
“There was me, Billy, Chris Brown, James Husband and I think Rob Jones has taken it over now and there are more lads in it!
“There wasn’t much room when Rob was in there! When Billy first came he decided he wanted a car school so we were jumping in that every day.
“There was lots of singing and lots of silly behaviour.
“I was probably the worst passenger. A few of the lads got annoyed by me as I like talking and I can’t sit quiet. Chris used to pretend he was asleep if he sat next to me.”
It was a world away from the Brockhall car park, where players have reserved, personalised spaces.
That hasn’t stopped the enterprising left back already gathering a band of Yorkshire-based Brockhall-bound commuters together though.
“I’ve already got a car school going here,” he laughed.
“There’s me, Simon Eastwood and Jake Kean who pile in. Tom Cairney jumps in when he wants and Chris Taylor sometimes but he’s not allowed in as he just annoys everyone! We’re all in Yorkshire, so there’s a load of stops on the way. It’s good and keeps up team spirit.”
Spurr is ready to put his current Rovers side in the driving seat tonight, even if it means a frosty reception from the Doncaster fans.
“I don’t really know what to expect,” he said. “I’d like to think I’d get a good reception as I think I did well there as I tried my hardest like I always do.
“It’s just whether or not they believe the chairman coming out and saying I went for millions of pounds. I don’t know where he got that from. Obviously that’s not true.
“But the lads there are honest and work hard and it showed last year.”
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