One in, one out

In: Chris Brown.
In: Chris Brown.

Macclesfield Town have signed Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst for an undisclosed fee, days after Chris Brown arrived at the Keepmoat.

Sheffield-born Fairhurst, 22, came up through the youth ranks at Rovers but he found it hard to break into the first team, restricted to two goals in ten appearances over three years, and Brown’s arrival to bolster the forward ranks would have pushed him further down the pecking order.

Out: Waide Fairhurst.

Out: Waide Fairhurst.

He has joined Macclesfield on a two-year deal.

Brown’s arrival was tipped in the Free Press last week, and Sean O’Driscoll’s swoop for the free agent was completed shortly afterwards in time for him to make his debut in Tuesday night’s friendly at Mansfield Town.

The striker, most recently at Preston North End, had a successful loan spell with Rovers during the club’s Division Three championship-winning season, netting ten goals, and said linking up with the club again felt like a homecoming.

Brown said: “I spoke to Sean [O’Driscoll] last week and it’s been on-going since.

“But it was easy to make the decision to come back to Rovers.

“Phil Brown indicated he wanted me to stay, but I wanted to see what was out there and as soon as Rovers came in I knew it was the only club I would leave for.”

He added: “I was surprised how at home I felt when I had a look round Doncaster.”

Brown’s capture, Rovers’ fifth of the summer, will give O’Driscoll more attacking options in a side whose seeming over-reliance on top scorer Billy Sharp was painfully exposed in the second half of last season when the club’s record signing was out injured.

Not that that looks like a pressing concern, as a fit-again Sharp was on the scoresheet during Tuesday’s visit to Macclesfield.

And Rovers are continuing their strategy of looking at triallists during pre-season games, with ex-Hull striker Rowan Vine among those appearing in the red and white hoops on Saturday at Barrow. Their next match is at Grimsby on Friday July 29.