CARDIFF City stiker Jon Parkin was scheduled to train with his new team-mates today after joining Doncaster Rovers on an initial month’s loan yesterday.
The 29 year-old 6ft 4in tall striker nicknamed ‘The Beast’ is set to make his Rovers debut in Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace if, as expected, his international clearance comes through in time from the Wales FA.
“He’s a talented footballer and he’s got a good football brain,” said Rovers’ No 2 Richard O’Kelly. “He’s experienced and he’s a good personality and he’s got a lot of character about him.
“You can look at players and say ‘he’s a big lad’ and Jon is a big lad, but he’s also got a presence about him.
“But probably the biggest thing about him that we like is his good football brain and that technically he’s a good player. It’s a bit out of the norm for us in that he’s over 5ft 7in. He’s a fair old size and that’s a bonus.
“He’ll fit in with his personality, his technical ability and his understanding of the game.”
Parkin joined the Bluebirds last January from Preston North End but made only three starts last season - though he was a substitute in ten more games.
“He’s started a couple of games this season in the Carling Cup and we’ve watched him a couple of times in the Reserves so we know what sort of state his fitness levels are,” said O’Kelly, who feels that Parkin’s arrival at the club is timely.
“The last game we played (at Reading) was the first time that I’ve looked at us and thought that we were lacking a little bit of belief,” he said.
“Our training this week has been good. We always have a chat about how things have gone and somebody like Jon can only help and give the whole club a lift.”
Rovers could be boosted by the return of Spurs’ loanee Ryan Mason - stretchered off with damaged ankle ligaments in the second game of the season - available against the Eagles.
“Ryan has joined in training this week and will be definitely be outside bet for the weekend,” said O’Kelly.
“He carries the ball well from midfield, picks a good forward run and he’s technically very good. He’s the sort of player that you like to have around.”