DONCASTER Rovers finally got their man yesterday when completing the signing of Sheffield Wednesday left-back Tommy Spurr.
Rovers had been linked with the Owls’ defender for several weeks but had reportedly been at odds with the League One club over the size of the transfer fee.
No details of the fee involved have been disclosed but Spurr is thought to have cost Rovers in the region of around £200,000.
Spurr signed a two-year contract late yesterday afternoon after passing a medical.
“It was a no brainer to join Doncaster and move back up to the Championship, “ he said.
“I like the way that Rovers play and was impressed by what manager Sean O’Driscoll told me.”
Leeds-born Spurr, who will link up with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday when the Rovers squad report back for pre-season training, joined the Owls as a youngster after being spotted playing junior football with Seacroft Colts.
He signed for the Owls in 2004 and made his first-team debut in a Championship game against Reading late in the 2005-06 season, winning the sponsors’ man of the match award. Spurr held down a regular starting spot the following season during which time he signed a new two-and-a-half year contract.
His form attracted the attention of Queens Park Rangers, who made a double bid to sign him during the 2007-08 season.
His goal against Plymouth was voted Sky Sports’ Championship Goal of the Season.
A regular for the previous four years, Spurr found himself out of favour at Hillsborough towards the back end of last season following the arrival of Gary Megson as manager.
Rovers are also reported to be closing in on a deal to bring former Leeds United skipper Richard Naylor to the club.
The 34 year-old Leeds-born centre-back was released by the Elland Road club, for whom he made 72 appearances in two seasons, at the end of the 2010-11 campaign.
Naylor came on as a second half substitute, following a lay-off after knee surgery. in United’s 5-2 win over Rovers at Elland Road in March.
A product of the Ipswich Town junior programme, Naylor was a striker earlier in his career.