DONCASTER Rovers have been linked with a move for defender Danny Woodards.
The 5ft 9in player, who can operate at right-back or centre-half, is set to leave MK Dons this summer on a free transfer in the wake of the club’s 4-3 aggregate League One Play-Off semi-final loss to Peterborough United.
It is no secret Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll wants to strengthen his backline, having shown the door to cente-half duo Wayne Thomas and Dennis Souza last week, so Woodards could fit the bill.
The Star understands the Dons wanted to keep Woodards but talks over a new contract stalled between the two parties.
Rovers may face competition for his signature from a whole host of clubs, including Ipswich Town, who recently had a £2.6 million double bid turned down for Billy Sharp and James Coppinger. Bristol City and Sheffield United are also reported to be interested in bringing in Woodards.
Having arrived on a two-year deal from Crewe Alexandra in 2009, Woodards made over 70 appearances at the stadium:mk. Dons boss Karl Robinson said Woodards made a “great contribution” in his spell at the club.
Woodards started his career at Chelsea. He failed to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge and he joined Exeter City in 2005. After a year and a half with the Grecians, Woodards, who was capped by the England C team, moved to Crewe in a £30,000 deal.
Knee, ankle and hamstring injuries blighted Woodards career with the Dons and he missed out on featuring in the side’s promotion run in.
His preferred position is right-back but the 27-year-old can also fill in a centre-back, central midfield and on the right flank.
O’Driscoll is seeking a new centre-half, midfielder and striker to partner Sharp in the transfer market. He is also considering signing Joseph Mills on a permanent basis. The left-back impressed while on-loan at Rovers last season but he has returned to parent club Southampton.