Doncaster Rovers: Home is where the hunt is for Tamas

Gabriel Tamas.
Gabriel Tamas.

House-hunting can be stressful for anyone, but Gabriel Tamas is actually looking forward to getting on the property ladder in Doncaster because it means he can bring his family to the borough.

Signing on a deal with Rovers until the end of the season, the 30-year-old is keen to make his transition to the borough as smooth as possible and that means finding a home for himself, his wife and their daughter.

The Romanian defender is currently living in a hotel in Doncaster and told Rovers’ official club website that he is already on the house hunt.

“I am looking to get a house so I can bring my wife and daughter here as I feel it is a good place for them,” he said.

“My family are important to me and their support helps me deal with the pressures of football. So, the sooner I can get out of a hotel and bring them here, the better.”

Tamas’ footballing career has arguably been a bit of a rollercoaster.

The former Baggies man mutually cancelled his contract with West Brom last summer following a three-and-a-half year career at the Hawthorns because he wanted a break from the sport.

He then returned to the field last year, this time for Romanian outfit FC Cluj, however, his stint was brief following an alleged incident in a Bucharest pub - meaning he was a free agent in the summer.

Despite the lure of several Championship clubs wanting to capture the stalwart stopper, Tamas knew all about Rovers chief Paul Dickov and admits another player, former Albion team-mate Abdoulaye Meite, helped his decision in signing for Doncaster.

“When I came here to speak to the coach [Dickov], I already knew him having played against him,” he said.

“I came up to Cantley Park and saw that he had got a good squad of players, which convinced me that it would be good to sign and stay at least until the summer.”

He went on: “It was a big thing that I knew him [Meite] from our time at West Brom.

“I enjoyed staying with him and getting to know him again.

“It was a big factor in me signing here as it was a huge step for me to come to Doncaster.

“That, along with the quality of players Paul has here, convinced me to stay.”