Doncaster Rovers face SPFL competition for top striker target

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Doncaster Rovers are set to face stiff competition from Heart of Midlothian for striker Jordan Roberts, according to the Daily Record.

The 26-year-old was released by Ipswich Town at the end of the season after an unsuccessful stint there, but he is attracting plenty of interest on both sides of the border. Robbie Neilson, the new Hearts manager, is keen to take the versatile attacker into the Scottish Championship, with Doncaster eager to place him in their attack as they hunt a top-six finish under Darren Moore.

There’s also interest from Gillingham, where Roberts spent time on loan, as well as ambitious Salford City and League Two side Scunthorpe United.

The Watford-born attacker started his career with Peterborough United before joining Aldershot Town. He made 100 appearances for the Shots, scoring 13 times, before moving to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the SPFL. He then enjoyed two years in the south of England with Crawley Town for whom he scored 11 times for them in 68 outings, before earning a move to Ipswich.

He struggled to make the grade with the Blues, appearing just 12 times before a loan with Lincoln City, for whom he made five goalless appearances. Last season, he appeared just five times for the Tractor Boys, scoring three times, before a move to Steve Evans’ Gills, where he bagged two goals in ten outings.

As a free agent, Roberts is now finding himself in demand and with experience both sides of the border, he won’t be short of options.


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Jordan Roberts is a bundle of unfulfilled potential, a player who can play out wide or through the centre and who would be a great fit for any of the teams he is being linked with.

Gillingham would seem an obvious destination if the money is right, but the lure of moving to Hearts, a huge club in Edinburgh, could be too much. They were relegated last season but under new management, they will be expecting to chase honours this season and silverware could be the added incentive Roberts needs. 

 

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