Its one in, one out at Doncaster Rovers at the moment. With Matt Mills seemingly all but a Reading player there was at least some reason to cheer for Rovers fans today with the announcement that the club had signed recent trialist Quinton Fortune. After impressing during a three match trial spell Fortune became a Rovers player at either 9:15am or 2:45pm assuming his watch is working.
Fortune is of course best known in the UK for his spell with Manchester United, joining the club following their treble triumph in 1999 and remaining at Old Trafford until 2005, having clocked up 76 appearances on the way. Since leaving Manchester the South African’s career has seen more stutters than an episode of Open All Hours with limited opportunities at Bolton, Sunderland and Sheffield United. In fact Fortune’s solitary appearance for Bolton came at the Keepmoat Stadium in the 2007 FA Cup third round.
Prior to joining United a decade ago Fortune had plyed his trade on the continent with time in Spain at Mallorca and Athletico Madrid. After an unsuccessful trial withS heffield United last year Fortune returned to mainland Europe, initially with Serie B club Brescia before switching to Belgian second division side AFC Tubize in February.
Now aged 32, Fortune pitched up in Doncaster for a trial in mid July and has since featured in the f riendly fixtures with Rotherham, Grimsby and Wolves. The official club website heralded the signing of the South African midfielder today although were more guarded about the exact details of the contract announcing only that Fortune had been signed “on a short term contract”.
Certainly not lacking in experience Fortune will wear the number 19 shirt vacated by another Manchester United graduate Richie Wellens but whether he will be able to impose himself onto Rovers play in the same manner remains to be seen. With Mills set to be the seventh player to leave the club since the end of last season common sense would suggest the signing of Fortune is the first of a number of additions.
There is no doubt that Fortune is a welcome addition to the squad and similarly I would never begin to suggest that Sean O’Dricoll does not know what he is doing in terms of player retention and recruitment. However, given the quality and undoubted potential of player that the club has lost in the past month then Doncaster fans can be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed by the transfer activity thus far conducted by their club. Hope does remain though that this looks set to be altered in the coming days and weeks, and despite the apparent injection of cash I would expect these additions to come from the loan market.