As pre-empted by a succession of post-match goading of Sean O’Driscoll from the media about adding to the squad during the international break, Rovers have only gone and added to the squad during the international break. Its a funny old game. Doncaster, now permanently prescribed the pre-fix ‘Injury-hit’ by the Free Press have brought in Southampton midfielder Simon Gillett on a two month loan. Brace yourself for two months of shaving related puns from us.
To many it may seem an odd move to draft in a player struggling to secure a place in a team a division below, and on a few fans forums some Rovers supporters have tagged it unambitious; so goes the song – you say tomato, I say tomato, you say unambitious I say prudent, lets call the whole thing off. The truth of course is that Sean O’Driscoll knows how to spot a footballer, and whilst naysayers would now predictably play their joker (Tomi Ameobi) card, it would easily be trumped by a Sam Hird, a Brian Stock, a John Oster or a Neil Sullivan as fringe players who have been revitalised by O’Driscoll. But I digress.
Gillett has been linked with Rovers on a number of previous ocassions which would suggest O’Driscoll sees potential in him, and if O’Driscoll has faith that Gillett can slot into Rovers system then Viva Rovers simply doffs its cap and carries on raking our proverbial gravel driveway. Gillett began his career with Southampton, coming through the Saints impressive youth academy. Since 2005 he has made thirty appearances for Southampton, but has enjoyed some promising spells out on loan. Walsall, Bournemouth and Yeovil have all hosted the Oxford born midfielder during his career, but its at Blackpool where he has enjoyed most of his football, racking up 31 appearances across two spells with the Seasiders. By virtue of being a fit footballer and possessing a pair of boots Gillett is expected to go straight into the squad to face Barnsley at the weekend.