Earlier this week Rovers took Barrow AFC’s Jason Walker on loan after the forward impressed in last weekend’s friendly fixture. Today comes the news that the club are trialling two further players, although the pedigree of this pair is perhaps more universally known already. Former Premier League footballers Quinton Fortune and John Oster have been experiencing the delights of Cantley Park this week.
Speaking to the BBC assistant manager Richard O’Kelly said “Fortune has been there, seen it, and done it. He’s come in, he’s training with us and he’s had an impact.” Despite limited success in recent years there is no doubting Fortune’s pedigree and experience, the thirrty-two year-old having received 53 caps for his native South Africa.
Fortune first found notoriety in the UK when he signed for Manchester United in 1999. The midfielder left Old Trafford in 2006 and has since experienced much less successful spells at Bolton and Sunderland before ending last season with Tubize in Belgium.
John Oster began his career at Grimsby before joining Everton as an eighteen-year-old in 1997 for £1.5million. After two years with the Toffees Oster moved on to Sunderland again for a fee in excess of £1million and went on to spend six seasons on Wearside. Oster returned to the top flight during a subsequent spell with Reading, before spending last season with Crystal Palace. Like Fortune Oster is also an international, with 13 caps for Wales, which perhaps would and should be a higher number but for John Toshack’s selectional stubborness.
With both players out of contract at current this represents a good chance for Sean O’Driscoll to bolster the squad with some experienced professionals.