Roberts chooses Robins over Rovers

8 september 2011.'Huddersfield Town v Stevenage.'Gary Roberts celebrates his goal.
8 september 2011.'Huddersfield Town v Stevenage.'Gary Roberts celebrates his goal.
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DONCASTER Rovers narrowly missed out on signing winger Gary Roberts after being gazumped by League One new boys Swindon Town.

Roberts came close to agreeing terms with Doncaster following his release from Huddersfield Town earlier this summer.

But the 28-year-old signed for Paulo Di Canio’s Robins this week after Swindon came in with a more lucrative deal.

Rovers boss Dean Saunders had hoped to make Roberts his second signing of the summer after landing Bradford City midfielder Dave Syers on a free transfer last week.

Saunders is thought to be speaking to six or seven players about a switch to the Keepmoat Stadium - and he wants to do the bulk of his recruiting before the players return for pre-season on July 6.

But Saunders currently does not have the funds to make those players an offer.

He was given special dispensation by the board to sign Syers after making his interest clear in the 24-year-old early in the transfer window.

But, as co-owner Dick Watson reiterated at the club’s Forum for the Future event on Monday, Rovers are still in a position where they must sell their higher wage earners in order to free up funds to bring players in.