FORMER Doncaster Rovers director of football Mickey Walker believes new signing Robbie Blake will add an extra dimension to their attack next season.
Blake, released by relegated Premier League side Bolton Wanderers, penned a one-year deal at the Keepmoat Stadium last month, with the option of a second.
The 36-year-old forward, who played with Rovers boss Dean Saunders at Bradford City during their spell in the top flight, brings valuable experience and pedigree to the forward line as the club look to regain promotion to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Predominantly a striker, Blake, who has also represented Darlington, Burnley, Birmingham City and Leeds United, can also be deployed on either flank.
Walker told The Star: “I know Robbie is getting to the stage where people are writing him off because of his age but he is a wonderful footballer.
“He is a quality player, very much like James Coppinger. He is a good signing and I hope he does really well.”
Saunders thinks Blake has a touch of “genius” and is confident he will make a big impact in the third tier of English football.
The Welshman said: “He is a brilliant on the ball and still has an appetite for the game.”
Despite Rovers suffering the ignominy of relegation last year, Walker is backing Saunders to lead the revival.
“Dean is an astute boy,” said Walker, who was released by Rovers last week. “He has been in the game long enough to know what is required and hopefully he will keep the club going in the right direction.
“He is a workaholic. He works like he plays. Dean is enthusiastic and that is what you need as a manager and if you put that together with players who can come up with the goods then you have got a recipe for success.”
Meanwhile former Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes has joined Greek side PAOK, managed by ex-Sheffield United winger Giorgos Donis, on a 10-day trial with a view to a permanent deal. PAOK are currently on a pre-season training camp in Holland.
New Frickley Youth Under 19s manager Lee Snodin is looking for new recruits for the 2012/13 season. The former Rovers player is holding a series of three open trials at Minsthorpe Community College on Monday July 16, 6-8pm, Thursday July 19, 6-8pm and Wednesday July 25, 6-8pm. For more information, call Liam Davies on 07776 207946 or email firstname.lastname@example.org