And people thought Rovers were never going to make a signing this summer. Well eat this doubters, they’ve gone and signed a promising young striker on a two year deal. Yeah they have. OK, he was already a Rovers player, but still, this is actually encouraging news as Waide Fairhurst puts pen to paper.
The 20-year-old forward is acknowledge by the club’s staff as one of the best prospects to come through the club’s youth policy since Paul Green made the step from youth team to first team in the latter months of Rovers Conference sojourn. After a lengthy loan spell with Solihull Motors (they only said it’d be a day or two when he went in etc.) in the Conference North during last season Fairhurst returned to Rovers after Christmas and made his competitive debut as a substitute away to Coventry City.
After being named on the bench a number of times Fairhurst got his first taste of the Keepmoat Stadium in the final home game of the season as he came off the bench against Crystal Palace. He made a notable impact too, whipping in a great low cross for Dean Shiels to volley in Rovers’ second goal of the game. Hopefully Fairhurst will be given further chance to impress in both pre-season and the Championship.