Fan Zone - Chris Donald: Theo Robinson is a typical Rovers signing

Theo Robinson. Picture by Howard Roe/
Theo Robinson. Picture by Howard Roe/

The signing of Theo Robinson shows exactly what this club is all about.

With rumours and talk of investment still doing the rounds, Doncaster Rovers did what they do best last Thursday.

Paul Dickov continued what is becoming something of a tradition at the club by bringing in a potentially great player for next to nothing.

Okay, reports are suggesting the price could be up to £150,000, but how many Championship-class strikers go for that cheap these days?

This ‘tradition’ I’m talking about is the club’s willingness to give talented players the chance to shine, despite their careers being in something of a rut.

This might be the norm for teams in non-league or around League Two; picking up Premier League rejects on the cheap after their clubs toss them aside.

However, Rovers manage to do it with established players and surprise teams, which is why I love my club.

The best example would be Billy Sharp, who earned a big-money move to his beloved Sheffield United after hitting prolific form at Scunthorpe.

But when that didn’t work out, Rovers were there to stop his fall and allowed him to flourish.

Now we have Theo. He is a striker who has all the attributes to fire Rovers up the table but his career has been somewhat hit and miss thus far.

Dickov described him as being “a good age” and someone who can still reach his obvious potential with a little love and nurturing.

This is what Rovers offer.

Fans don’t get on the backs of the players for missing a chance or misplacing a pass.

Okay, some do, but it’s not a trait that most Rovers fans have.

If you saw the game on Friday, the Blackburn players could almost feel the expectation of their fans behind them.

Our supporters know players excel when they are loved and are allowed to shine.

Just look at James Husband’s performance compared to that of Tommy Spurr.

You can see why this club is the place for footballers who like to play football.