Rovers bring in Spurs stopper

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ROVERS have signed signed Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Ben Alnwick on a month long emergency loan deal.

The 24-year-old will go straight into the squad to face his former club Leeds United on Saturday after arriving as cover for the injured Neil Sullivan.

Alnwick started his career at Sunderland and made 19 appearances for the Black Cats before joining Spurs in 2007.

He has since had loan spells at Luton, Leicester, Carlisle, Norwich and most recently Leeds, though he never featured for the Whites.

The former England Under 21s keeper faces competition from Rovers’ reserve keeper Gary Woods who was one of the stars of the 3-1 win at Derby County on Tuesday night.

The deal to bring Alnwick to the Keepmoat suggests boss Sean O’Driscoll may have received some good news on the injury front.

O’Driscoll told the Free Press this week he may have had to put his plans to sign a keeper on hold if he did not have a fit striker to call upon because Rovers ‘can’t really go to Elland Road without a recognised striker in the ranks.’

Striker Billy Sharp was a doubt for the trip to Leeds due to an on-going hernia problem and O’Driscoll revealed he may have to rush back James Hayter to cover.

Alnwick’s arrival hints Sharp is perhaps fit after all or Hayter is ready to return to the starting XI.