Sean O’Driscoll hauls two players through the transfer window to strengthen Rovers’ attacking options for the final push. You have to hand it to Sean O’Driscoll, just as it looked like the transfer window would be pulled to without any acquisitions the Rovers manager gets not one, but, count them, two international forwards for the remainder of the season. Having flirted with the notion of bringing in youth or another ‘one for the future’ O’Driscoll has plucked instead for experience, and chiefly experience of this level.
The first signing before last night’s deadline was the Northern Ireland international Stuart Elliott. The 29 year-old joins Rovers from Championship Hull City on loan until the end of the season. A key player in Hull’s promotion from League One Elliott has struggled to find his feet in the Championship and could be in for a permanent move to the Rovers at the end of the season. Elliott played as a left winger for the Tigers, but is likely to be given a more attacking left forward role in Rovers current formation.
Speaking to the Rovers’ official website Elliott appeared very positive about the transfer; “This was a perfect move for me. There is a fantastic set-up here and it is all geared up for the Championship… One thing that I can guarantee is that I will give 100% for the Club as long as I am here”. The player could be given chance to prove that as early as tomorrow’s game against Millwall at The New Den.
Also becoming a Rover (or rather remaining a Rover) is the Welsh international striker Gareth Taylor who joins Doncaster from fellow League One side Tranmere. Like Elliott Taylor will be with Rovers on loan until the end of the season. The 33 year old forward is not short of experience; along with twelve international caps are spelss with Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest, for whom he scored against Rovers on Boxing Day two years ago.
Certain to be a threat on set-pieces the 6ft 2″ forward could well bring a new dimension to Rovers’ attacking options; although hopefully it won’t mean the club’s recent passing flair is replaced by a more direct route to goal. Quite simply, as O’Driscoll told the club’s website; “He adds to the squad and makes us stronger overall”. Taylor will be given the number ten shirt recently vacated by Bruce Dyer.
With Rovers edging up the table the signing of two forwards may seem unnecessary, however with only three of Rovers’ last ten goals coming from the forward line O’Driscoll has taken the opportunity to go for new experience to help convert the multitude of chances Rovers have been creating into goals. These signings are a clear indication that Rovers are after promotion this season.