Doncaster Rovers: Victor Anichebe claims he rejected 'various' contract offers from Rovers

Free agent Victor Anichebe has claimed he rejected ‘various’ contract offers from Doncaster Rovers during his time training with the club.

By Liam Hoden
Monday, 2nd December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd December 2019, 7:07 pm
Victor Anichebe
Victor Anichebe

Anichebe trained with Rovers for around six weeks, starting in August after an invite from boss Darren Moore, as the striker looked to get back to fitness following an ill-fated spell in China.

As we reported in September, Rovers offered the 31-year-old a deal until the end of the season, structured to provide substantial performance-related bonuses as well a break clause in January.

We understand concerns over the striker’s long-term fitness ensured Rovers grew less determined to see a deal done with the former Everton and Sunderland forward, who looks to have been in his native Nigeria since leaving Cantley Park for the final time in early October.

Moore changed tact over a potential deal for Anichebe over his time with Rovers, initially insisting it was only a training arrangement before suggesting the former Nigeria international would need to prove his fitness before talks would begin.

Despite Moore denying a deal was put to the striker, Anichbe himself has moved to claim that he did receive an offer.

Posting on Instagram, he wrote: “I’ve been receiving quite a few messages from y’all about my future.

“I’ve been forwarded some reports that I wasn’t offered a contract from Doncaster Rovers whilst I was training there for fitness.

“No disrespect to Doncaster but this is so far from the truth it’s insane.

“They offered various contracts just as many others have which I’m incredibly grateful for….but I declined.

“Doncaster is a great club with an incredible manager and most importantly an incredibly [sic] person in Darren Moore. The players were such a joy to work with every morning.

“I realised just how much I missed it.

“I just needed to clarify the situation...everyone knows me I usually keep quiet but just needed to clarify.”

The Rovers squad are understood to have enjoyed Anichebe’s presence at Cantley Park, with the striker offering advice to the young forwards while also showcasing his own quality during the sessions in which he took part.