Friend targets promotion
George Friend is confident Doncaster have what it takes to gain promotion to the Premier League.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 03/12/10 12:50pm
George Friend is confident Doncaster Rovers have what it takes to gain promotion to the Premier League this season.
The former Wolves full-back is set to return from a knee injury in the next month, with Rovers just three points adrift of the top six.
However, with former top-flight clubs such as Portsmouth, Reading and Leicester gathering steam, Friend believes that Doncaster are more than capable of holding their own against the big boys.
"There are some big clubs with maybe bigger squads up there, but on our day I feel that we can match anyone," Friend told skysports.com.
"Scoring goals hasn't been too much of a problem this season because we have some good strikers and attack-minded players, but we just need to tighten up at the back now and if we do that then we will be flying.
"The boys are doing very well without me and if they carry on like this then it might be very hard for me to get back into the team when I am fully fit again.
"They are picking up some great results against good teams. Every game is tough in this division, but winning at Portsmouth was a great result and we so nearly beat Swansea at home if it wasn't for a last minute equaliser."
Doncaster were plying their trade outside the Football League less than eight years ago and Friend believes helping the club reach the top flight would be a remarkable achievement.
He added: "It would be truly massive for this club to reach the top flight, as it would for any club, but for a club with such good, honest people working behind the scenes and fans to see the club rise through the divisions would be an incredible feat.
"When I joined this club in the summer I did so because I could see how much potential they had here and to fulfil that this season would be amazing."