Doncaster Rovers: Dickov impressed me - Macheda

James Coppinger feeds a ball for Federico Macheda to run on to in the Watford defeat. Picture by Steve Flynn/
James Coppinger feeds a ball for Federico Macheda to run on to in the Watford defeat. Picture by Steve Flynn/

Federico Macheda says several clubs were chasing his signature but Paul Dickov convinced him to move to Doncaster Rovers.

The Manchester United striker is keen to get his playing career back on track after dropping down the Red Devils’ pecking order since bursting onto the scene with an audacious match-winner against Aston Villa back in 2009.

And since he was officially announced this week as Dickov’s latest high profile loan signing, the Italian forward has been impressed with what he has seen from Doncaster Rovers, particularly on the training ground.

Macheda wants to use the experience to not only “help the team” but to rejuvenate a career which has seen him struggle with injuries and a lack of first team opportunities since moving to the red half of Manchester.

“I had a few offers in the Championship and abroad as well,” said the 22-year-old.

“But I think the right move for me was to go in the Championship and to a team that was very keen on me and that is why I came here.”

He added: “I have waited a long time for this. It is a great opportunity for me.

“Paul (Dickov) has been the main reason I have come here, he convinced me of the club’s ambition.

“It is an ambitious club and I am looking forward to playing.”

The former Lazio trainee said playing for Manchester United had been a “great experience” but right now he was fully focused on helping Rovers move up the Championship table.

“I am here to help the team,” he said.

“I need to get my career back on track so I have come here because I will have more opportunities to play and that will be good for me and for the team as well.”

Macheda is all too aware of fighting for a first team spot and will have to do exactly the same at Doncaster with the likes of Chris Brown, Theo Robinson and Billy Paynter all vying for a starting place in Dickov’s Rovers side.

But that is a prospect the youngster is relishing rather than worrying about.

“Every player is fighting for a place in the team, I have seen that on the training ground and that is good for the team,” he said.