Peers: "Our season is not over yet"
With just seven league games remaining, captain Gavin Peers insists Rovers' season is not over just yet.
As the Bit o'Red prepare to face Bohemians tonight in the Showgrounds, the 28-year-old has urged fans to turn out in their numbers for the last four home games.
"It's not over yet. We still have to finish as high as we can", he said.
"The club is in transition. We've had huge success over the last five years but you can't have the good without the bad. You have to stick by the team through good times and bad. We have to finish as high as we can and then rebuild next year. Hopefully we'll challenge again next year, get back into Europe and have good times once again", he continued.
Peers, a stalwart of the Rovers defence since joining in 2006, spent the first-half of the season watching on from the sidelines after picking up a knee injury during the cup final in November. He admits it was tough for him when things weren't going according to plan.
"It was hard for me (to watch on). I'm club captain but I wasn't playing and it was hard to lift the players when I wasn't involved. You don't want to be going over to someone and giving them advice when you're not even playing. It's hard for them to take as well."
And now that he's back, the Dublin man is thrilled to be involved once again.
"I'm buzzing to be back. I've only played six games but it's great to be back. It's going to take until next year to be fully fit, and hopefully then I'll get a good pre-season under my belt. For now, I'm happy with where I am."
Injuries and suspensions have affected numbers of late, but Peers has been left impressed with the performances of youngsters Ruairí Keating and Regan Donelon, who have both been handed opportunities in the last couple of months.
"Ruairi’s come in, played a few games and done well. Regan started on Friday and did well too. It’s hard on them, because you want them to be coming into the team when you’re doing well. Look, we’re still up there, but you want to be easing the young lads in when you’re doing well and they’re not under pressure, instead of relying on them. But it will stand to them in the future. They’ve done well.'