Rovers have brought in another new face in time for the start of the new season with the signing of a fourth summer trialist; Welsh international John Oster. Its been no secret that Oster has been in talks with the club for much of the week after featuring in three of Rovers pre-season fixtures, comcluding with Mickey Walker’s testimonial against Wolves last Saturday. Although the club seemed to be trying to keep the signing underwraps, most notably with some US Military style censoring of the James Coppinger interview on the club’s official website.
Anyway, despite this odd quest for secrecy Oster is now officially a Rovers player and has been handed ‘a short term contract’ and the number 16 shirt. There is a strong chance that he could go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s season opener at Watford as well, with international clearance for Quinton Fortune and Byron Webster still in the balance as I type this.
Oster, although easily mistaken for an overkeen matchday mascot, is actually a full grown adult and is now 30 years of age. The midfielder burst onto the scene at Grimsby, and was arguably the biggest thing to hit the Town since the fishfinger, earning himself a £1.5million transfer to Everton whilst still a teenager. Oster spent two years in the Premier League with Evrton before a long spell with Sunderland. After being loaned out numerous times during his time with the Black Cats’ Oster left the Stadium of Light in 2006 and went on to re-establish his career and return to the top flight with Reading before a spell at Crystal Palace last season. Oster has also picked up thirteen caps for Wales, a number he has been unlucky not to add to.