Doncaster Rovers: No regrets for Oscar Gobern over QPR switch

Oscar Gobern
Oscar Gobern

Oscar Gobern insists he has no regrets over his summer move to Queens Park Rangers and is determined to prove his worth while on loan with Doncaster Rovers.

The midfielder joined Rangers in the summer after leaving Huddersfield Town but has made only two appearances, both coming in the Capital One Cup.

He joined Rovers on loan until January on Tuesday and is keen to get back on track.

“I’ve not got any regrets about joining QPR,” Gobern said. “I went there with the intention of playing and you don’t know what will happen.

“I had a great few weeks while I was there and I can’t knock anyone.

“You’ve got to respect the players that are at QPR. They’ve got a big squad, a lot of money and they’re chucking it around.

“I went there, gave it my best and obviously at the time it’s not worked out.

“Football is football, it’s not worked out the way I would’ve liked but I’m here now and that’s the main thing. I’m here on loan and I’m here to help Doncaster.

“This is a big club to be at and I’m honoured to play. Once the ball is kicked, it’s just a game of football so I’m happy.”

Had things turned out a little differently, Gobern could have joined Rovers on a permanent deal in the summer.

Paul Dickov looked to sign him after he left Huddersfield, for whom he made 79 appearances in three years.

But the lure of freshly-relegated QPR ultimately proved too much.

“We had a chat, he was great with me,” Gobern said.

“He understood my situation that I was in at the time.

“I went to QPR and since then he’s stayed in contact, he’s always been great and it’s worked out in the end.”

Boss Dickov is delighted to have finally secured Gobern after beginning his pursuit of the former Southampton trainee early in the summer.

And he says the midfielder could be in line for his debut at Gillingham on Saturday.

He said: “He trained this morning, trained really well, and impressed everybody.

“As soon as we found out he was available, we moved quickly to get him. We were a little bit surprised, but delighted to sign him.

“I spoke to Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand, and they have been absolutely fantastic about it. I have to thank for them.”

The 24-year-old will compete for a central midfield berth with Paul Keegan, Harry Middleton and Richard Chaplow.

It is understood that he was signed as a replacement for Richie Wellens, who seemed to be heading for the exit door before the deadline and could still leave on loan.

Whatever Gobern’s loan may lead to, Dickov says he is certain to add further quality to Rovers’ squad.

He said: “Oscar knew already what we were trying to do here, and the sort of players we had.

“You can’t blame him for signing for QPR and the position he was in.

“But I do know we have a very good player who feels he has a little bit of a point to prove now, and wants to play games.

“He is 6ft3, a proper athlete, very strong and will give us a lot of legs in the middle of the park.

“He will give us a balance too, which is something we have been trying to do, being left-sided, and has a fantastic range of passing.

“As much as he will do the ugly things, he is very calm and collect when he is on the ball.”