Rovers the club for me

DONCASTER Rovers new loan signing Matthew Kilgallon is in line to make his debut in tomorrow's home game against in-form Reading at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Sunderland centre-back, who joined Rovers on a loan deal until the end of the season on Wednesday afternoon, trained with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday.

He will find out today what part, if any, he will play against the Royals.

The former Leeds and Sheffield United ace joined Middlesbrough, on what was scheduled to be a season-long loan in August, but played just two games for the Riverside club due to a back problem.

The 27 year-old has been back in training for around a month and has suffered no adverse reaction and is hopeful that his problems are behind him.

Despite his lack of match fitness, the former England Under-21 international says that he is ready to heed the call if Rovers' boss Sean O'Driscoll opts to start him in tomorrow's game.

Although several clubs were reportedly interested in taking Kilgallon on loan, he says he always wanted to join Rovers.

He said he even told his agent to approach the club.

"It's relatively close to my Harrogate home and I think that the club are heading in the right direction and hopefully I can help them," he said.

"I want to enjoy my football again and the lads I knew here spoke really highly about the club and were texting me about it so I thought Doncaster was the place. "It's been a difficult year at Sunderland. I wasn't used to not playing (regularly) but when I went there I played a game and then I was out of the team or on the bench. I had some enjoyable times but nothing beats playing."

Asked about the possibility of the move becoming permanent, Kilgallon said: "Football is a funny thing; you never know what will happen.

"The main thing is to help Donny and hopefully help get them into a play-off position.

"The club is only five points off the play-offs with a game in hand and were unlucky not to beat Sheffield United in their last league game.

"I had hoped to be playing in that game but it took a lot longer than I thought to complete the deal."

"It's a tough league but I can't see why the club can't get into the play-offs."

Kilgallon made his name as a cultured defender and feels he will fit in with Rovers' style of play.

"I'm comfortable on the ball at my feet and if there is space and time and I'll try and play," he said. "But I've got to defend because I get paid to defend.

"The team have been leaking a few goals recently and I'm here to try and tighten that up.Clean sheets are a massive thing in this league.

Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll, who praised the efforts of the board in bringing Kilgallon to the club, said: "I think he (Kilgallon) wanted to come to a place where he felt comfortable and hopefully we can get his career back on track and he can do as well as Billy (Sharp) did when he came on loan last season."

O'Driscoll is hoping to retain the services of Southampton loam defender Joseph Mills, who has impressed during his two months at the club, until the end of the season.

Mills' current loan deal expires after the FA Cup replay at Wolves on Tuesday.

The Doncaster boss is also due to hold further talks with skipper Brian Stock's representatives before the weekend. Both parties are reported to be 'hopeful' of agreeing a deal. O'Driscoll is also keeping tabs on David Healy's situation, The striker is hoping to become a free agent. "If that were to happen it would become a little bit easier for him to find a club," said O'Driscoll.

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