Doncaster Rovers: Ex-Derby ace James Bailey is training with Rovers

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Former Derby County midfielder James Bailey has been training with the club, The Star understands.

The 25-year-old is currently a free agent after being released at the end of the season by Championship play-off finalists County.

It is understood the former Coventry City and Crewe Alexandra man joined Paul Dickov’s side this week during Rovers’ return to pre-season training.

Rovers chief Dickov will be looking to add to his midfield ranks following the depatures of wingers David Cotterill and Mark Duffy who both joined Birmingham City last month.

And Bailey, who can also play as a right-back, will be eager to show what he can do following a frustrating final season with the Rams.

The utility man featured in just two of their games following the emergence of Derby’s midfield duo Will Hughes and Jeff Hendrick.

Following his Derby exit, Bailey wrote on his Twitter page: “Massive thank you to the people who made my time as a Derby County player so special - players, staff and supporters. Great memories and will always wish the club well. On to the next challenge.”

Bailey was understood to be a target of Rovers last season and has this year said to have caught the eye of Sheffield United.

Rovers returned to Cantley Park on Monday for the beginning of their pre-season training programme.

Free agent and former Liverpool defender Jon Otsemobor was also training with Dickov’s men in a bid to get his football career back on track following spells at clubs including Tranmere Rovers, MK Dons, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton.