Birmingham City Striker joins Doncaster Rovers on loan


Birmingham City striker Josh Andrews has joined Doncaster Rovers on a six-month loan.

Andrews, an imposing striker, spent last season on loan at Rochdale.

Birmingham City striker Josh Andrews joins Doncaster Rovers on loan

Fourth signing of the summer

The 20-year-old striker is Rovers’ fourth addition to the summer transfer window and the second striker to join the club. His arrival follows the mutual release of Joe Dodoo.

Andrews scored three league goals in 16 appearances for Rochdale in League Two last season and will no doubt be looking to improve on that tally.

Upon signing for the club, Andrews said soasterrovers.co.uk: “I can’t wait to be able to play a few matches in Ligue 2, men’s football. This time I really hope to do well and score a lot of goals.

“As a striker, coming to this club, I hope to provide some firepower to bring us straight up.

“I’m 6ft 5in, strong, can hold the ball and be a target man, but I think I can deliver a lot more. I’m quite quick – deceptively maybe – I’m good with my feet too so I think I can offer a lot of different attacking paths and create and score goals for the team.

Andrews is yet to make his debut for parent club Birmingham City but has plenty of time to prove himself.

He is the first loan signing of the window for Doncaster, who has managed to operate shrewdly on a budget – signing Harrison Biggins, George Miller and Luke Molyneux.

“It’s good that we can work with a good young striker” – Gary McSheffrey

Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey also told the club’s website: “He’s a strong lad. He’s young and still developing so it’s good to be able to work with a good young striker.

“He has the physical attributes that probably all managers in Ligue 1 and 2 want to have in their team.

“Josh’s arrival is really important for us.

“He loves his role, he knows what he’s good at, he knows his strengths and he plays for it.

“He will be a great addition to the team.”

Doncaster were relegated from League One last season and are aiming to bounce back straight. It will be a difficult task, however, given the strength of the competition at the top of this league and the gap they need to close from last season’s dismal efforts.

McSheffrey leads the club through his first pre-season as manager, having taken over mid-season. Andrews’ signing takes him to a total of nine since taking charge of the club.

Club legend James Coppinger took on an increased role at the Eco-Power Stadium and also had his name carried in the West Stand.

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