Bradford City striker Eoin Doyle has joined League Two rivals Swindon Town on a season-long loan.
The thirty-one-year-old will once again link up with Richie Wellens who he worked under at Oldham Athletic in a successful loan spell during the 2017/18 campaign that saw him score sixteen goals in thirty-four outings across all competitions.
Doyle joined the Bantams from Preston last summer following his impressive stint at Boundary Park, but his return of eleven League One goals from forty-four outings was unable to prevent their relegation to League Two.
He’s featured in all three Bradford City fixtures so far this season but subject to the usual clearances he could make his debut for the Robins when they visit Exeter City tomorrow.
Judging by the reaction to the news on social media, Doyle is a player that divides fan opinion. Many Bantams supporters were glad to see the back of him while some thought letting him go to a potential rival for promotion was a mistake. Others expressed concern that his departure left manager Gary Bowyer with limited forward options and hoped the news meant the club had a replacement lined up.
Here is a selection of Twitter responses to the short and sweet announcement on the club’s official website that Doyle was leaving.
This is a mistake.
— Damian Pittam (@damianpittam) August 16, 2019
We better have something lined up or this is just daft. At least we won’t have to see him okay behind the front two again
— James Storrie (@Mr_Stozza) August 16, 2019
Erm not sure I recall Doyle actually having one decent game since he signed for us Pete. What exactly were his “talents” 🤷🏻♂️
— Steve Coulter (@PlanetCoulter) August 16, 2019
The donkey on ice has finally found a new place to skate
— Luke Ravenscroft (@LukeRavenscrof4) August 16, 2019
We only have TWO elderly strikers and the joke that is Omari Patrick, and now we lose Doyle? What the heck
— Joseph Thompson (@josephth0mpson) August 16, 2019
No why to promotion rivals
— marshall simpson (@marshal45020195) August 16, 2019
Strange move. Leaves us short up front and midfield. How many appearences will CD, JV & SS complete over the season? We had 3 number 10s last season. None this. Doesn't look anything like a promotion squad.
— Andy Rozee (@AndrewRozee) August 16, 2019
Another expensive mistake by the club
— Jamie Bakes (@JamieBakes) August 16, 2019
Bet he smashes them in down there
— Andy (@NorthernMonkeh1) August 16, 2019
What a result!!
— Ollie Button (@OllieButton1) August 16, 2019
— Jay White (@jaywhitebcafc) August 16, 2019
Richie Wellens will play to his strengths & Doyle will get goals for them, just like he did last time at Oldham!……
— David-206 Old Bones 🏴 (@bonesy2013) August 16, 2019