Doncaster Rovers: Shears to ‘cheers’ for gardener Tyson following dream phonecall

Doncaster Rovers' Nathan Tyson fends off Sheffield Wednesday's Glenn Loovens. Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster Rovers' Nathan Tyson fends off Sheffield Wednesday's Glenn Loovens. Picture: Andrew Roe

One minute Nathan Tyson was gardening, the next he was receiving the call that he’d been waiting for - the offer of a permanent deal with Rovers.

Having spent time on loan with Fleetwood and Notts County during his Blackpool days, 32-year-old Tyson was left searching for a club following his release from the Seasiders in the summer.

As opportunities proved frustrating to come by, Paul Dickov offered Tyson a lifeline with a Rovers trial.

And the former Reading trainee grasped the chance with both hands - earning himself a one-year deal with the third tier side.

“It’s a massive relief to be honest,” admitted Tyson.

“I’ve been sitting at home, doing the gardening and hitting the gym on my own.

“It’s fantastic to finally put pen to paper.”

Tyson went on: “It’s very hard when you’re out of a club and there’s other teams out there - I’m talking teams in League Two or the Conference who won’t even let you go on trial or even train with them.

“I just thought ‘What’s happened to football now?’

“It was hard sitting at home for a couple of weeks when everyone was going back to training.

“You think ‘What’s going to happen?’ and then suddenly something pops up - something as fantastic as this - and it’s worked out really well so far.”

However, just because Tyson has secured his dream deal with Doncaster, that doesn’t mean he will be resting on his laurels, adding: “I’ve got the contract, that’s the easy part done.

“Now I’ve got the rest of the season.

“I’ve got to put the performances in and get the goals.

“I’ve got to go out and help the team get the points and move up further through the league.”

As fans anxiously wait for more arrivals to the Keepmoat, they’re not alone as Tyson admits that he is keen to see more players come into the club too.

“Hopefully there’s going to be a couple more faces that are going to turn up,” he added.