Doncaster Rovers: Clarke-Harris has the right mentality for Rovers, says Dickov.

Jonson Clarke-Harris. Picture: Phil Ryan
Jonson Clarke-Harris. Picture: Phil Ryan

Jonson Clarke-Harris turned down “three or four” other League One clubs to join Doncaster Rovers on loan.

And boss Paul Dickov says the Rotherham striker is prepared to roll his sleeves up in the race for the play-offs - and also in the battle he faces to dislodge first choice strike pair Nathan Tyson and Curtis Main.

Loan striker Uche Ikpeazu returned to Watford earlier this week unhappy with his lack of first team opportunities at Doncaster.

Dickov has acted quickly to reinforce Rovers’ forward options and says he is convinced Clarke-Harris’s loan won’t go the same way as Ikpeazu’s.

“I wouldn’t have got him in if I didn’t think he had the right mentality,” said Dickov.

“I’m very big on people’s attitude on and off the pitch.

Jonson Clarke-Harris - tussling with Nathan Tyson ' trains with Rovers for the first time. Picture: Phil Ryan

Jonson Clarke-Harris - tussling with Nathan Tyson ' trains with Rovers for the first time. Picture: Phil Ryan

“Jonson’s got a real hunger to do well and it would’ve been very easy for him to stay at Rotherham, because Steve [Evans] wanted to keep him.

“He had the opportunity to go to three or four other clubs close to us in the league and he wanted to come here. He likes the set-up here.

“He wants to come here and get in the play-offs. That was a big thing for him.

“He’ll complement the other strikers that we’ve got,” he added.

“One thing he will do is run the channels. He’s very quick and very strong for a young boy. We’re delighted to have him.”

On Ikpeazu, Dickov said: “He wanted more game time and to go back.

“He’s well within his rights to do that. He thought he was going to come here and play, and he was unfortunate. He played the first couple of games and then picked up an injury.

“Curtis and Nathan have been doing a great job so it was difficult to leave them out. You want players to fight for the shirt.”