Strike ace in frame for debut

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DONCASTER Rovers’ latest signing, Chris Brown, is likely to play some part in tonight’s pre-season game against Mansfield Town at Field Mill.

The 6ft 3in striker put pen to paper on a two-year contract late last week.

But, not having done any organised training since parting company with relegated Preston North End in May, he ruled himself out of last Saturday’s game at Barrow.

He now has several days’ training with his new team-mates under his belt, so the 26-year-old is set to play some part in the game against the Stags.

A teenager on Sunderland’s book at the time, Brown played at Field Mill on Rovers’ last visit there during their Division Three title-winning campaign.

Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly feels that the club have done good business in bringing Brown back to South Yorkshire.

“Chris is taller than the average Doncaster player; we haven’t many players in the squad who are over 6ft,” he said.

“He will give us different options and he’s got a good understanding of the game.

“He’s got a good technique and he knows what he needs to do with and without the ball.”

The majority of Doncaster fans attending tonight’s game will also get their first look at centre-back Richard Naylor in a red and white shirt.

The 34-year-old former Ipswich and Leeds United captain, made his debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Holker Street and impressed O’Kelly.

“Richard looked what he is - a good defender and a good organiser,” he told The Star.

“He understands what he is doing and I think he’ll be a good addition to the squad.”

Rovers are likely to take another look at some, if not all, of the five trialists who have played at Barrow,

They also plan to give a run-out to several new trialists they have brought in.