Yep, a genuine transfer shock. Not the signing of Wayne Thomas, but Viva Rovers not opting to use the headline Wayne’s World. It of course has been no secret that Doncaster have been looking to sign defender Wayne Thomas for some time. The centre-back impressed against Sheffield Wednesday and West Bromwich Albion whilst on trial with Rovers pre-season and it has since seemingly just been a matter of agreeing personal terms with the player to get him to the Keepmoat Stadium.
Having missed out on the acquisition of last season’s loanees Elliott Ward and Jason Shackell to Norwich and Barnsley respectively it has been apparent that Sean O’Driscoll was keen to find another defender to bolster his options at the back. The thirty-one year old Thomas is now one of five recognised centre-backs at the club, joining Shelton Martis, Adam Lockwood, Sam Hird and Byron Webster in the pecking order, not to mention James O’Connor who filled in so ably in the centre last season.
Thomas began his career with Torquay United, making over one-hundred appearances for the Seagulls before making the move to Stoke City aged twenty-one. The defender spent five seasons at Stoke, before moving to Burnley in 2005 where unfortunately injury curtailed his appearances, but he was made club captain during his second season at Turf Moor. That would be his last season in Lancashire though as Thomas moved to Southampton for a fee of £1.2million. After three seasons at St Marys Thomas was one of twelve players released by Southampton in the summer leading to his trial spell with Rovers and ultimately today’s move.