DONCASTER ROVERS: Hot-shot Damian Reeves in rovers link

Sublime skills: Damian Reeves would excite Rovers fans, says the Altrincham chairman.
Sublime skills: Damian Reeves would excite Rovers fans, says the Altrincham chairman.
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Doncaster Rovers are being linked with prolific non-League striker Damian Reeves.

The 26-year-old hotshot scored 44 times in 42 appearances for Blue Square North side Altrincham last season.

His exploits haven’t gone unnoticed with Rovers’ new League One rivals Oldham Athletic and SPL side Kilmarnock reportedly battling it out for his signature.

But the striker originates from Doncaster and might prefer a return to his home town.

Rovers manager Dean Saunders knows all about the talent available down the leagues after his stint as Wrexham boss and did have the player, who finished the campaign as English senior football’s leading scorer, watched earlier this season.

Reeves works as a self-employed plasterer so the option to turn professional would be an enticing one.

Contracts only run for a season-long basis at Altrincham, meaning that there would be no transfer fee involved and Altrincham chairman Graham Rowley expects Rovers to be in the race to sign him.

Rowley insists that Reeves, who has scored 64 in 79 since signing for the club two seasons ago, would be a gamble worth taking.

Rowley told The Star: “I know Doncaster looked at him around Christmas and anyone who scores that amount of goals is going to get noticed.

“We haven’t had any official enquiries yet and we will offer him a new deal but he’s earned a shot at League football and I expect more interest in him shortly. “We can’t say whether or not he’ll be able to hack league football but the goals he’s scored suggests he’s definitely worth a punt.”

Reeves broke a club record last campaign by scoring in 10 consecutive games for the Moss Lane outfit and hit 33 goals in his first 28 games.

Rowley likens the striker’s skills to those of Blackpool veteran Kevin Phillips, who also played in non-League football before making it in the Premier League and earning an international call-up for England.

Although resigned to losing his star man he believes with Rovers low on numbers, since releasing a dozen players following their relegation from the Championship, that the former Leeds United trainee Reeves would be a great first addition and one that would catch the imagination of fans at the Keepmoat.

“Damian’s a predator in the box. He’s not going to score 25-yard screamers and you’re not going to get 90 minutes of hard work out of him but if he gets a chance, it’s a goal,” said Rowley.

“He’d definitely be one for Doncaster fans to get excited about. He can appear a bit lazy at times but he comes alive in the final third of the pitch and he’s good with either foot.

“He’s a great finisher and if you watch the footage of him on Youtube you’ll see that some of his skills are sublime.”