DONCASTER Rovers have captured promising Bury attacking midfielder Kyle Bennett.
The 20 year-old, who stands 5ft 5in tall, put pen to paper on a two-year deal today.
Due to the fact that the two clubs have as yet failed to agree a fee for the former England Under-18 international, the amount Rovers pay may have to decided by a tribunal.
The younger brother of Elliott Bennett, who recently joined Premiership newcomers Norwich City after helping Brighton win promotion to the Championship, Bennett had been reportedly been attracting attention from several other Championship clubs.
He joined the Shakers after surprisingly being released by Wolves last summer, and played a starring role in the club’s League Two promotion-winning campaign after breaking into the side in the second half of the season.
The Lancashire club were keen to keep hold of the youngster whose pace proved a real handful for many League Two defenders last season, but he had no hesitation when Rovers showed their hand.
“The move (to Doncaster) was an easy decision for me,” he said. “Simply because of the way that the team play football and how good a manager Sean O’Driscoll is.
“I like to think that I have proved myself in League Two and I am looking forward to playing in the Championship, where I will do my best.”
“The stadium here at Doncaster is beautiful and the manager told me how fantastic an atmosphere it has when it’s full.”
“I am looking forward to starting off with a new club and a new challenge.” Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly told The Star that the club were delighted to have signed the former Wolves’ prospect.
“I’d seen him play before and we’d obviously watched him play for Bury last season,” he said.
“He had a very good season at Bury. We had him watched on at least three or four occasions last season and every time people came back with good reports about him.
“He is one of those people who can play in a forward position be it wide or a short striker. He’s not the tallest of players so he has to rely on his intelligence and bright movement and he can do that from either area.
“Technically he is very good and he’s got a good turn of pace.
As always, what you are looking for from all your forward players is an end product - shots at goal or assists. He’s got loads of things to learn but the type of character he is says that he will endeavour to do his best. He’s technically very good and he’s got all the makings to be a player.”