Rovers striker Mike Newell is set to leave Doncaster for League club Blackpool, on an 18 month contract. If the move goes ahead, he could have played his last game for the Belle Vue side ahead of Saturday's game with Hereford.
Newell will link up with ex-Everton teammate Gary Ablett and ex-Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon at Blackpool. A reason cited for the move is the excessive amount of travelling involved to and from Doncaster.
The ex-Blackburn Rovers striker, signed during the close season after a spell at Crewe, has become the number one target for fans abuse during his time at Doncaster, a matter that came to a head against Conference form side Dover on Saturday. Veteran Newell, after serving a 4 match ban for his second sending off of the season, came straight back into the side, breaking up a team that was unbeaten in 7 matches, and one that had won its last 4 games (scoring 10 goals) without him. The player, subject to abuse before the game even kicked off, then missed Rovers clearest cut chance from point blank range, with a net result of Rovers being dumped out of the FA Trophy.
Newell has the worst goals to games ratio of the strikers at the club, and fans despaired that boss Ian Snodin seemed relunctant or unable to drop his old team-mate. While Newell has shown good skill up front, he has been subject to harrassment from opposition defenders, and has not fitted in with the Rovers style of play. His team mates often relied on Newell's head as the number one source of supply, and while he won 80% of balls up to him, his flick ons were often misread by the other strikers.
Newell's potential departure could pave the way for young strikers Ian Duerden, Glenn Kirkwood, or new signing Gary Williams to hit form with an extended run in the first team.
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