Doncaster Rovers: Whaley out to impress

SIMON Whaley is hoping to get his career back on track with Doncaster Rovers.

The 25 year-old signed a non-contract deal until January with Rovers on Friday and was an unused substitute in Saturday's 3-2 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Said Rovers No 2 Richard O'Kelly: "Simon had been with us for a week and he'd shown all the things that people said about him.

"He's got a good attitude and a good personality and he's fitted in with the group of players we have at the club really well.

"We'd done our homework on him, as we always do, and he's a player who circumstances have gone against a little bit and he's looking to resurrect his career.

"He's got an understanding of what he's doing on a football pitch and we know that when he was at Preston North End earlier in his career there was talk of him going into the Premiership."

Whaley, who started his career at Bury- moving to Deepdale in a 300,000 deal at the start of 2006 - has been a free agent since being released by Norwich City at the end of last season.

Said Whaley: "I had a routine knee clean-out operation during last summer and I didn't do my rehab properly and it left the knee a bit weak at the time.

"The manager (Brian Gunn) who signed me then got the sack after the first league game."

Whaley, who spent time out on loan at Rochdale and Bradford City, made only four starts for the Canaries before being released.

"My career has hit a bit of a stalemate at this moment in time. but thanks to the gaffer here (Sean O'Driscoll) deciding to take a look at me I've got another chance," he said.

"It's up to me to prove myself between now and January.

"What has happened has made me hungry for the game and I'm a lot more sensible about certain things.

"I now know what you do off the is equally as important as what you do on it.

"I've only been here for just over a week and I feel good. I wouldn't say that I'm 100 per cent match fit but that will only come when I've got some games under my belt.

"I can play on either flank or up front and hopefully I can do a job for the team.

"I'd seen the lads on TV before I came but Saturday's game at Portsmouth was the first time that I'd seen the team live.

"It was a great result and I think I'll fit into the team's style of play.

"They get the ball on the deck and very rarely do they go long, which is good."

Rovers' right-back James Chambers is scheduled to see a specialist today to try and establish what the problem is with his knee.

Chambers had hoped to be back playing by now following a close-season knee operation.

But he suffered some reaction after making his long -awaited return in a recent behind-closed-doors practice game against Hull.

Free agent: Simon Whaley was released by Norwich at the end of last season. Picture: Sarah Washbourn.

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