Rovers sign new striker

Back in training: Rovers stiker James Hayter.   Picture: Steve Uttley
Back in training: Rovers stiker James Hayter. Picture: Steve Uttley
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DONCASTER Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll has secured the services of young Chelsea striker Milan Lalkovic on loan,

The 18-year-old Slovakian Under-21 international, who scored the winning goal for Chelsea Reserves on Monday, will train with his new team-mates today and will be included in the club’s Championship clash against in-form Derby County at Pride Park.

Spying mission: Sean O'Driscoll

Spying mission: Sean O'Driscoll

“I would have liked him to train with us today,” said O’Driscoll yesterday afternoon.

“We had all Wednesday to sort it out but Premier League clubs have obviously got greater priorities than helping out Doncaster Rovers.

“It’s difficult (trying to sort out loan deals) because when you are talking to a Premier League club about a young boy you don’t talk to the manager.

“You go through several people in terms of seniority I suppose until you eventually get to someone who can actually make a decision.

“Verbally the deal had been agreed and both clubs have been talking to each other at secretary level

Asked whether he had been looking to bring in a ‘Billy Sharp’ type of player, O’Driscoll said: “We just wanted somebody really who has the ability to put the ball into the back of the net.”

Striker James Hayter, who was stretchered off with a knee injury in the opening game of the season at Brighton, could be back playing before the international break.“He (Hayter) did a little bit with us today,” said O’Driscoll.

“There was no structural damage to the knee but it was badly shaken up and there was some inflammation.

“He didn’t do any contact work but he came out with Jimmy O’Connor, Shelton Martis and Brian Stock.

“Tuesday night (Carling Cup tie against Leeds) might be a bit too soon but he should be okay by the following Saturday.”

Tomorrow’s game sees bottom-of-the-table Rovers taking on a Derby side who are joint top with promoted sides Southampton and Brighton.

O’Driscoll took advantage of the fact that the Rams played Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Wednesday night to mount a spying mission.

Reflecting on Derby’s 1-0 win, O’Driscoll said: “It was one of those Championship games where Blackpool could have said that they didn’t play as well as they could but could have won 2-0.

“Conversely Derby could have won 2-0; it was a very tight game.

“Neither side probably looked like they were going to concede and (prior to Derby’s second half winner) probably neither side looked like they might score.

“Nigel (Derby manager Nigel Clough) will be chuffed to have gone away from home, especially at Bloomfield Road, and pick up three points; I think he would have settled for a clean sheet.”