After much searching, Doncaster Rovers have finally signed a striker on a permanent deal.
Devante Cole has signed from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee on an initial deal until the end of the season.
The twenty-four-year-old is the son of former Newcastle and Manchester United forward Andrew Cole. He spent the first half of this season on loan in Scotland with Motherwell, scoring four goals in twenty-four outings.
Cole is perhaps best known for his spell at Fleetwood where he scored twenty-two goals in two years. He left Highbury for Wigan in January 2018 and helped the Latics to League One promotion before quickly sliding down the pecking order.
In truth, he’s never really established himself the DW Stadium and spent the first half of 2018/19 on loan at Burton Albion.
The versatile forward made just seven substitute outings for the Championship outing in two years and arrives at the Keepmoat with something to prove and hoping to reignite his career.
The reaction from Rovers fans to the signing on social media was mostly positive, with many fans hoping Cole will find his scoring boots and help launch a League One playoff bid for the South Yorkshire club.
However, some fans were more cautious, questioning the nature of the short-term deal and suggesting the club is far from certain they have signed the ‘right’ player.
Here is a selection of responses to the club announcing the signing on Twitter.
Cracking signing that in my eyes
— Alex Freeman (@AlexFromDonny) January 27, 2020
This screams panic for me, 6 month with the option to extend ?? I’m sorry but if he was “the right player” that has been banged about he would be on a 2 year deal end of, the fact we have that many loans this is the only option with out committing.
— matt arnold (@mattarnold13) January 27, 2020
— Elbowww ✯ (@EllisMatthewFox) January 27, 2020
Promising signing….will he go straight in v Sarfend tomorrow?
— J K (@JKornjaca) January 27, 2020
PROMOTION INCOMING X
— T (@TGS_98) January 27, 2020
Hang on. Till end of season 🤷🏻♂️ has to be an option to extend if successful
— Ryan (@ryantheliondrfc) January 27, 2020
We are off up, thanks x
— Aaron Astle (@AaronAstle10) January 27, 2020
All Donny fans buzzing😂 absolutely stealing a living that boy. Lives off his old mans name.
— Connor (@Con96Wilson) January 27, 2020
Can someone check to see whether hell has frozen over?
— Daniel Barthorpe (@dbarthorpe) January 27, 2020