Doncaster Rovers’ £1.15million striker is out injured. To cover his absence the club have brought in Sunderland’s £1.2million striker. It’s yet another moment in Rovers’ recent past to file under surreal for those of us who once got excited about the late season signing of Jamie Barnwell-Edinburgh. Whilst Barnwell-Edinburgh was a big name grammatically, this week’s capture is thankfully a big name in reputation. Doncaster have only gone and signed record-breaking Northern Ireland striker David Healy.
Its rare that a player’s international goalscoring exploits can dwarf those achieved at his club but Healy is so emphatically in that category it’s a trait that will surely one day be named after him. Any player who starts banging goals in for country rather than club will be labelled as Healy-esque, or doing a Healy. The forward scored 13 goals in Northern Ireland’s bid to qualify for Euro 2008, an international record for a single qualifying campaign. Healy edged ahead of the previous record holder Davor Suker with a sublime chip against Denmark at Windsor Park, his 33rd goal for Northern Ireland.
Time for a little less conversation and a little more action. Here’s Rovers’ new number 19 doing his thing in green;