FORMER Chelsea and Leeds United midfielder Michael Woods has joined Rovers on non-contract terms.
The York-born 22-year-old has been training with Rovers in recent weeks and has now been registered to open him up for selection by Dean Saunders.
Woods has been without a club since a similar arrangement at Yeovil Town came to an end at the end of last season.
The former Leeds trainee has turned out for non league Stamford Bridge in a local York league this season.
Woods turned down a scholarship with Leeds in order to join Chelsea, sparking a compensation wrangle between the two clubs.
Eventually Chelsea were ordered to pay Leeds £5m for Woods and Tom Taiwo.
Woods became Chelsea’s fourth youngest ever player when he came off the bench for Frank Lampard in an FA Cup tie with Macclesfield Town in 2007, one of only two first team appearances he would make for the club before his release in the summer of 2011.
It was reported that Woods had opted to retire from professional football in the autumn of 2011 after failing to find a club.
But he resurfaced on trial at Yeovil before signing non-contract terms at Huish Park in February.
Woods managed five appearances for Yeovil, scoring his first professional goal in April against Rochdale and being sent off in his last game – his ninth professional first team outing.
Gary Johnson opted not to renew Woods’ contract in the summer.
Woods will wear the number 12 shirt during his time at Rovers.