Beye ready for the fight

Put your shirt on me: Rovers' new loan signing Habib Beye is proud to show off his new club shirt.
Put your shirt on me: Rovers' new loan signing Habib Beye is proud to show off his new club shirt.

FORMER Senegal international Habib Beye became the latest big-name to join Championship strugglers Doncaster Rovers yesterday.

The 34 year-old Aston Villa defender joined Rovers on an emergency loan deal until January but doesn’t see the move to the Keepmoat Stadium as a short-term deal.

“In my mind I want to stay until the end of the season and try and help the club,” he said after putting pen to paper on a deal funded by deputy chairman Dick Watson.

Beye has struggled to force his way into the Villa team since joining the Premier Division club in August 2009 from Newcastle United and has made just seven starts in the top flight during his time at Villa Park.

His only appearance for Villa at first-team level this season was as a late substitute in their Carling Cup tie against Hereford United.

“You shouldn’t be ashamed (to drop down a level) if you aren’t playing for a team to try and get your career back on track,” he said.

“I didn’t play at Villa for whatever reason but I try to move on and I think it’s a good opportunity to come to Doncaster Rovers and I will do my best for the club.”

Despite having to content himself with reserve team football at Villa Park, Beye is expected to feature in the Rovers side to entertain fellow strugglers Watford on Saturday in what is being seen as a must-win game.

“I’m ready,” he said. “I’m a fit guy. I train really hard every day and I’m really fit.”

“I’m bringing my experience and I hope it will go well.”

Beye says he can see the logic behind Rovers’ decision to bring in players such as himself, Herita Ilunga, Pascal Chimbonda and El-Hadji Diouf, in their current position.

“If you can bring in a couple of new players to improve the team it is always good,” he said.

“If you look at El-Hadji Diouf he was one of the best players in the 2002 World Cup and I still think he is a great player and will bring something to the club.

“He scored two goals in only his second game for the club so he’s the kind of player you want in the team.

“I know him really well because we played for the national team for 10 years. He’s a winner and that’s what you want in a team. I’m a leader and that’s what I’ll bring to Doncaster Rovers.”

Discussing his aims during his time at the club, Beye said: “The main thing is to keep the club in the Championship but you never know what can happen. What we need to do is to pick up some points and build up the confidence of the team.

“If you get confidence you never know what you can achieve.

“It’s a great club; it’s a really nice stadium and I met some nice people today and we are all there to do a job.”

Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders said: “He’s a great player who is a very experienced defender who can play either right-back or centre-back.

“We need to strengthen our defence because we are letting too many goals in.”

Rovers are also set to step up their efforts to bring 30 year-old West Bromwich Albion striker Marc-Antoine Fortune to the club on loan according to top agent Willie McKay.

Rovers signed highly-rated 17-year-old defender James Husband from their touth team yesterday on a 30-month deal.

The club have decided not to appeal against the red card handed out to defender Adam Lockwood at Oakwell on Saturday after studying footage of the incident.