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Nelthorpe & Boyce Depart Rovers

Posted on: Tue 13 Jan 2009

Doncaster Rovers winger Craig Nelthorpe and defender Andrew Boyce have had their respective contracts cancelled by mutual consent and have departed Doncaster Rovers Football Club. Both players' deals were up at the end of the 2008-09 season; however the players will now be available to look for other clubs.

Nelthorpe signed his first professional contract in 2005 and has since only made a handful of appearances for the Club after progressing through the youth ranks.


Nelthorpe made his professional debut for Doncaster Rovers on 7th May 2005, where he came on as a substitute for Steve Foster in Rovers' 3-3 draw over Luton Town; the final day of the Coca-Cola League One season.

The 21 year-old made, in total, ten appearances for Doncaster Rovers - enjoying a short run of games towards the end of the 2006-07 season. During that spell, Nelthorpe netted his first senior goal for Doncaster Rovers, on the final day of the season against Northampton Town at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Craig Nelthorpe celebrates his goal against Northampton

Nelthorpe joined a host of other clubs on loan whilst with Doncaster Rovers, impressing at Darlington, Gateshead and Halifax Town among others.

Andrew Boyce has been at Doncaster Rovers since he was young, progressing through the Rovers' Centre of Excellence. The centre-half was a regular in Paul Wilson's Rovers youth side and even featured in some of the Rovers 2006-07 reserve fixtures.

Boyce was offered his first professional deal with Doncaster Rovers in the summer, after featuring for Doncaster Rovers first team in the previous pre-season as well as the pre-season that preceded the current campaign.

Andrew Boyce

However, with intense competition for places at Doncaster Rovers for the central defender spots and with the team competing in the Coca-Cola Championship, Boyce has spent the majority of this season on loan to non-league Worksop Town. Whilst with the Tigers, Boyce has become a regular member of the starting eleven and impressed staff and fans at Watnall Road.

Everybody associated with Doncaster Rovers Football Club would like to thank Craig and Andrew for their services and wish both all the best of luck in their future careers.

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