Doncaster Rovers: Experience counts for Brian Flynn

Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson

MARK Wilson has made a surprise Rovers return as boss Brian Flynn turns to experience in the race for the Championship.

The veteran midfielder has agreed non-contract terms with his former club and will provide cover following injuries to Paul Keegan and David Syers.

Flynn is also poised to recall goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from his loan spell at AFC Wimbledon with Gary Woods doubtful for tomorrow’s crunch game at Bournemouth.

Former Leeds and Sheffield United striker Danny Webber, who has been training with Rovers, is also close to agreeing a short term stay at the Keepmoat.

Wilson, 34, was part of the Rovers squad that won promotion to the Championship in 2008.

The former Manchester United man was released in January 2012 and has since had spells at Oxford United and Gainsborough Trinity.

“Mark’s been with us since I’ve been here and he brings good experience,” said Flynn.

“I signed Mark when he was 18-years-old and I know the qualities he’ll bring.

“He’ll give us that experience should we need it at certain times.

“I’m not saying he’s ready to start games at this moment in time, but he’s around to help us in what’s a difficult situation with midfield players.

“We’re delighted he’s accepted the challenge to come and help us.”

Flynn moved to bolster his squad after a mixed week on the injury front.

Skipper Rob Jones will not recover in time for tomorrow and keeper Woods is also a major doubt with a thigh injury.

Chris Brown, however, did travel with the squad today and is expected to feature after making a faster than expected return from a knee ligament problem.

Flynn said: “Obviously we’ll miss Rob, he’s a big influence on the team, but we’ve got to deal with it.

“The good news is nothing’s broken, he’s got good recovery powers and he could be back in time for Carlisle on Tuesday.

“Gary woke up on Wednesday with a sore thigh We’re working on bringing Neil back from Wimbledon. .”

Flynn also hinted at yesterday’s press conference that Burnley loanee Cameron Howieson may be given his first start at Dean Court.