Doncaster Rovers: League 2 deal for old boy John Oster

On the move: John Oster says he is delighted to have joined the Bees.
On the move: John Oster says he is delighted to have joined the Bees.
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John Oster, the midfielder Doncaster Rovers could not afford to keep last season, has joined League Two basement side Barnet.

The 33-year-old former Everton, Sunderland and Reading player was a free agent after leaving the Keepmoat Stadium in May.

Oster said: “I’m just delighted that I’ve signed. I’m raring to go.

“I just want to play football and Barnet showed great interest in me. I spoke to Mark Robson and he wants to do things the right way by playing good football and he feels the results will come.”

Bees head coach Robson said: “I’m delighted to have signed a player of John’s quality and his experience.

“Having played in the Premier League and the Championship, he is a major coup for Barnet.”

Following relegation to League One, Rovers manager Dean Saunders ruled out offering Oster a new contract, saying the club could not pay the ex-Welsh international anywhere near the wages he was on last term.

Rovers have reduced their wage bill from £9 million to £4 million since their drop into League One.

Meanwhile, Rovers thought that international breaks were a thing of the past following their relegation from the Championship last season.

But, due to the fact that today’s scheduled visitors Oldham have three players on international duty, they find themselves kicking their heels.

Although the Rovers management would have preferred to have played the Latics, they have turned a negative into a positive.

“I think the break has given us the chance to reel everybody in,” said No 2 Brian Carey. “A few of the players, such as Iain Hume, Billy Paynter, Shelton Martis and Jamie McCombe, are short of match fitness or time on the training ground and the break has given us the opportunity to try and get everybody up to the same level.

“They’ve all been doing a lot of work this week in addition to joining in with the regular sessions. It’s vital that we use the time wisely.

“The people who played in most of the pre-season games and all of the competitive games so far have been given time to recharge their batteries.

It’s a case of balancing work and rest to benefit every player.”

“Since we’ve been here we’ve had a good record with injuries.”