Doncaster Rovers have announced the signing of experienced forward Kieran Agard on an 18-month deal.
Agard could go straight into the squad for Saturday’s game against Wigan Athletic at the Eco-Power Stadium.
Gary McSheffrey Makes Kieran Agard His First Signing at Doncaster Rovers
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of striker Kieran Agard on an 18-month deal.https://t.co/YBjFdL5rUp #DRFC pic.twitter.com/s75o03m3MU
— Doncaster Rovers FC (@drfc_official) January 12, 2022
Experience Could Be Just What Rovers Need
Doncaster Rovers are suffering at the bottom of the League One table this season. They have just come out of a crucial period that saw them play relegation rivals Morecambe and Fleetwood Town with zero points. New manager Gary McSheffrey, who took the role permanently after replacing Richie Wellens as caretaker manager, is desperate for some new signings as Rovers’ squad continues to thin with numerous injuries.
Kieran Agard is the first of what fans will hope is many in January. The 32-year-old adds an experienced option upfront having played over 300 games for the likes of MK Dons, Rotherham United and Bristol City across the football league.
Most recently, Agard had a short spell with Plymouth Argyle that saw him score three goals and assist another in 16 appearances.
💚 Kieran Agard has left the club upon expiry of his contract.
Kieran netted 3️⃣ goals in 1️⃣6️⃣ games, including the winner against Charlton in December – securing Steven Schumacher’s first victory as manager.
Thanks @kieran_agard, and best of luck for the future!#pafc
— Plymouth Argyle FC (@only1argyle) January 12, 2022
Agard’s contract with Argyle expired earlier today as the club announced his exit. Doncaster Rovers have subsequently capitalised on his availability and hope he can make an instant impact.
Rovers have been without the likes of Jon Taylor and Fejiri Okenabirhie all season – a huge loss to them. Their frontline has looked desperate for some new life and Agard can offer that.
Meanwhile, Watford forward Tiago Cukur, who had been on loan at the Eco-Power, has returned to the Premier League club – Cukur struggled to make an impact in Doncaster, scoring just once in 26 games.
Gary McSheffrey Believes Agard Will Add Much Needed Goals to His Team
Gary McSheffrey is quoted by the Doncaster Free Press on his first signing as saying; “Kieran adds goals. He’s got good experience and played at big clubs in this division, so this won’t faze him.
“We want Doncaster to be his home where he gets those regular goals again. He’s got himself fit and he’s in a position where he wants to hit the ground running.
“Strikers know where the net is, but they need to have a place where they are confident, and I think this will be the place for him.”
Agard has scored 89 goals across the Championship, League One and League Two so far.
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