Duo freed as Booker pays for injury woe

Injury-plagued: Striker Steve Brooker endured a troubled time with Rovers
Injury-plagued: Striker Steve Brooker endured a troubled time with Rovers
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STRIKER Steve Brooker and centre-back Byron Webster, who were both out of contract, are being released by Doncaster Rovers.

Brooker recently had an ankle ‘clear-out’ operation and will continue with his rehabilitation prior to leaving the club at the end of next month.

Brooker was seen as an important capture by Rovers when he put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year contract in the 2009 January transfer window.

The Port Vale and Bristol City forward had made a scoring debut for Rovers, who were struggling for goals in their first season of Championship football, when coming on as a second-half substitute at Watford in November whilst on loan.

He picked up an injury in training the following Monday and was still on the sidelines when the deal - the terms of which reflected Brooker’s injury problems at Ashton Gate - went through.

Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll knew that he was taking a gamble by signing a player who was unfit at the time.

But he can’t have envisaged that he would need three ankle operations and that he would start just one game and score just one goal during his time at the club.

Brooker’s only goal for Rovers following his signing came in the final home game of the season against Leicester City.

He put Rovers ahead :within minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute with a 20-yard volley which earned the club the point they needed to retain their Championship status next season.

Webster joined Rovers from Czech side FK SIAD Most in August 2009.

The 6ft 5in centre-back impressed O’Driscoll with a string of impressive pre-season performances whilst on trial.

Webster, whose finest hour was arguably his full debut for Rovers in a South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the 2009-10 season, when he battled on with a serious elbow injury, made 12 appearances for the club - the majority as a substitute.

With his first-team opportunities limited, Webster spent spells on loan at Hereford and Northampton Town, last season.