Penney strengthens backline
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Doncaster Rovers have signed young defender James O'Connor from Bournemouth.
Doncaster Rovers have signed defender James O'Connor from Bournemouth on a three-year deal.
The League One outfit narrowly missed out on a play-off spot this season, and boss Dave Penney (pictured) is trying to strengthen the backline for next season's push for promotion.
At 21, former Aston Villa defender O'Connor represents an investment for the future and feels the £130,00 Belle Vue move is a step in the right direction for his career.
"I was impressed with the ambition at Rovers and the great new stadium that is going up," he told the club's official website.
"I want to play at the highest level and I feel with this club I can do that."
The versatile defender can play in a number of positions across the back four, and even offers Penney attacking options as a wing back.
"We have been after James for quite a while and feel he is one of the best in his position at this level," the coach said.
"We knew we would have to offer a transfer fee but believe it will be worth it.
"He is yet another addition that will strengthen the defence but also add to the attack with his crosses.
"We have not just looked at released players but others who command a transfer fee, if we feel that they are what the squad needs."
O'Connor joins new defender Adam Lockwood and midfielder Kevin Horlock on the Belle Vue books for next season.