Return to Donny looks bonny for Jason Euell

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Free agent Jason Euell is hopeful of a move to Doncaster Rovers this summer, after being released by Blackpool at the end of the season.

After a fruitful loan spell at Donny last season, which saw Euell score three times to help Sean O'Driscoll's side fight off relegation from the Npower Championship, the forward was released by Blackpool following their relegation from the Premier League.

Now without a club, Euell is targeting a return to the Keepmoat Stadium after failing to secure a deal with Ian Holloway's relegated Tangerines.

"That's something that got spoken about at the end of the season (a move to Doncaster) with my agent and the club and it's that same boat of the club not knowing the budget," he said.

"The feedback I got was that it could happen but again you don't want to force the issue."

"It's a different part of my career now, the Blackpool thing would have been nice to have stayed there next season. It would have been nice to try and get the club back up but that's not to be so now its about moving on now and finding another challenge."

Euell did make three Premier League appearances for Blackpool last season, but before the brief spell hadn't made an appearance in the top flight since 2007 with Middlesbrough.

However, the 34-year-old believes he can still cut it at the top level of English football and isn't prepared to rule anything out.

"I've not shut the door on anything.


"Its not worth looking at yourself thinking I only want to go to Premiership and Championship, I think that's a bit naive.

"You've got to be open to everything. The next challenge is going to be a different challenge which I want to be a part of.

"For me I still think I can make it in the Premier League if I had the opportunity. I still think I'm able enough to do that."

The former Wimbledon and Southampton man is closing in on 100 career goals after clocking up his 400th league appearance last season, and proved while with Doncaster that his experience can be invaluable.

But having been left unattached for the second time in his career, Euell admits he doesn't enjoy the experience.

"I'm just waiting really. I think we all know there's not that much happening at the moment and its the time where clubs are just weighing up whose available, what budgets they've got and things like that really.

"That is one of the frustrating things, not knowing and not not wanting to miss out on too much time by the time that most clubs come back from pre-season."

During the off-season Euell has begun the process of attaining his coaching badges, an opportunity provided through the PFA, but the Jamaican international is far from set on a career in coaching.

"It was more on the basis of getting the badges done to say look there's another option for me for when I do finish playing."

"The main thing for me is to be a player first and then we'll see how the coaching goes.

"It has given me an opportunity to stay in the game as a professional, as long as I can say that I've got that qualifications."

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