With Steve Brooker still entombed in the Rovers medical room almost a year on from his solitary twenty-minute stint for the club Sean O’Driscoll has been exploring other options this week with Austrian forward Roman Kienast currently in a trial spell at the club. Kienast featured in a behind closed doors friendly with Sheffield United earlier in the week and scored as Rovers came from 3-0 down to defeat the Blades 4-3. O’Driscoll was keen to play down the arrival of the Austrian in South Yorkshire telling the Doncaster Free Press; “We are just taking a look at him at the moment but he did quite well on Tuesday.”
Kienast, aged 25, began his footballing career in his native Austria joining Rapid Wien as a schoolboy and eventually making his debut for Rapid as an eighteen year-old. Unable to find the net in his opening appearances for the club Kienast was loaned to SC Rheindorf Altach in the Austrian second tier, where he discovered his goalscoring touch and was recalled to Rapid making 21 appearances before the end of the 2005-06 season. In 2006 Kienast moved onto Norwegian side Hamarkamerantene with whom he has scored twenty-seven goals in sixty-two appearances and has also enjoyed a relatively successful loan spell at Swedish club Helsingborgs.
Kienast’s form in Scandinavia earned him a call-up to the Austrian national side in 2007 and has remained a regular in the squad. After scoring his first international goal in a 1-0 win over Nigeria in May 2008 Kienast secured a place in the Austrian set-up for the 2008 European Championships and featured as a substitute in all three of Austria’s group games, though arguably wasted the host nation’s best chance of an equaliser in their opening game against Croatia with a wayward header. At 6ft 2in tall Kienast could bring a welcome new dimension to Rovers’ current diminutive attack.