DONCASTER ROVERS: Double joy for Rovers

Welcome: Manager Dean Saunders with David Cotterill
Welcome: Manager Dean Saunders with David Cotterill
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DONCASTER Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders unveiled two new signings yesterday. Welsh international winger David Cotterill put pen to paper on a two-year deal and veteran striker Robbie Blake signed a one-year contract.

“I’m delighted to have signed him (Cotterill) because there were one or two other clubs interested,” said Saunders.

“I’d already lost one or two other players that I wanted to bring here because I still can’t sign anyone until I get other players off the payroll. But I went to John (Ryan), Dick (Watson) and Terry (Bramhall) and they made the funds available outside the budget, which was good of them.”

“I’ve worked with David when I was the Wales No 2 so I obviously know a lot about him; I know his strengths and his weaknesses. He is lightning quick and he can play either side in a front three and also play just behind the striker.

“David has got a point to prove because after big money moves to Wigan and Swansea his career has gone sideways.

“But he’s only 24 and has time on his side in his bid to get back up to the level he was a few years ago.

“I think he’ll be a great asset to the club and if he gets back on track I wouldn’t be surprised were we to get some money for him in the future if we sold him because if he gets back to where he once was he is going to attract interest from other clubs.

“I always thought when he played for Wales that he was someone, who if I could work with every day, that I could point him in the right direction.”

Cardiff-born Cotterill said: “There were a couple of Championship clubs who were interested but I wanted to come somewhere where I was going to play games. The fact that I knew Dean also influenced my decision.”

Cotterill is no stranger to South Yorkshire. In addition to playing six games for Barnsley in the second half of last season after being released by Swansea in January. he also spent two years at Bramall Lane.

He has followed the Blades’ fortunes since and is looking forward to Rovers’ early season visit to Bramall Lane.

But he readily admits that he was disappointed when the Blades lost in the League One Promotion Play-Off final against Huddersfield Town.

Saunders said he had no worries about Blake being 36. “I was 36 when I played in the Premier League with Bradford City,” he claimed. “He holds the ball up well and is one of the best finishers I have seen with his back to goal.

“He’ll score goals for us.”