Saunders targets experience as Reeves re-joins Altrincham

Damian Reeves
Damian Reeves

DONCASTER lad Damian Reeves has re-signed for Altrincham after his hometown club snubbed the opportunity to sign him.

The prolific non-league striker, who banged in 63 goals in 79 starts for the Blue Square North side before his contract expired this summer, would have jumped at the chance to join Doncaster - it is understood.

But that opportunity never arrived despite Rovers boss Dean Saunders making contact with the 26-year-old earlier this summer.

Reeves, a plasterer by trade who works and lives in Doncaster, was one of several strikers on a list of possible targets Saunders drew up at the end of last season as Rovers began their search for a cost-effective replacement of Billy Sharp.

The former Leeds trainee appeared to fit the bill as both a free agent and as a player with a point to prove at a higher level.

His modest wage demands were also unlikely to have caused a problem - despite Rovers’ well documented £1 million budget deficit.

But Saunders chose not to follow up his initial interest in Reeves, instead opting to target forwards who can offer more experience at league level.

Saunders wants to sign a big, physical striker to share the workload with Chris Brown, while he has employed Kyle Bennett as a central striker throughout pre-season so far.

Reeves rejected the opportunity to extend a trial at Gillingham to pen a two-year deal at Altrincham.