Doncaster Rovers: Theo aims to be quick off the mark

Eye on the ball: New Rovers signing Theo Robinson, pictured on loan at Huddersfield last season.
Eye on the ball: New Rovers signing Theo Robinson, pictured on loan at Huddersfield last season.

Speedy striker Theo Robinson is aiming to kick-start his career at Doncaster - starting tonight against Blackburn Rovers.

The 24-year-old is in contention for a starting place after completing a whirlwind move from Derby County in time to make his debut this evening.

Jamaican international Robinson trained with his teammates for the first time yesterday after penning a two-year deal at Rovers.

And the former Huddersfield and Millwall frontman - who scored for the Rams at the Keepmoat Stadium last year - admits he sees the move as an opportunity to get himself back on track.

“I wasn’t really starting games at Derby,” said the Birmingham-born frontman.

“When I got my chance I took it and started scoring but then I found myself back on the bench again.

“I asked to go out on loan and that didn’t go so well [at Huddersfield].

“Obviously now this opportunity has come along to play for Doncaster and it’s what I need to get my feet back on the ground and start working hard again.

“I’m excited to be here,” he added.

“I scored here two seasons ago and I’ve been told by players who’ve been here before that it’s a good club.

“I’ll be working as hard as possible. I know that the main thing as a striker is that you are judged on goals.”

The well-travelled Robinson might have lost his way slightly this year, falling down the pecking order at Derby and failing to hit the net this calendar year.

But his goalscoring record at Championship level, including 23 goals over a two-year period with the Rams, showcases the potential that Robinson possesses and is eager to realise at Rovers, starting tonight.

“It’ll be a tough game tonight,” said Robinson.

“I scored against Blackburn last season and hopefully I can do it again tonight.

“I prefer playing up front but I can play wide if I need to,” he added.

“As long as I’m starting I don’t really mind.”

Boss Paul Dickov has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight’s game. He will make a late call on the condition of Dean Furman following his long-haul flight back from international duty with South Africa.