Liam Wakefield’s Doncaster Rovers career looks to be over after he opted to take a trial with Walsall.
Rovers had offered fresh terms to the Doncaster-born defender, believed to be a six month contract to allow him to prove his fitness after he suffered ruptured ankle ligaments which ended his season early.
And he was among the party that travelled to Portugal earlier this month for a pre-season training camp, after featuring in the friendly at Frickley Athletic.
But The Star understands Rovers were growing frustrated over the progress of the negotiations with Wakefield’s representatives and had earlier this week considered withdrawing their offer.
Wakefield appears to have moved on from the club having appeared for a Walsall side that beat Rushall Olympic on Wednesday night.
The 21-year-old played on the left side of a back three for Dean Smith’s side.
Wakefield could feature for the Saddlers against Aston Villa at the Bescot Stadium on Saturday.
His Rovers departure comes after 17 appearances and two goals for his hometown club, and was also regularly named a substitute over the last two seasons.
The Cusworth-born defender first joined Rovers at the age of 12 after previously playing for Barnby Dun Rovers and West End Bentley.
Beginning his career at centre half, Wakefield was increasingly used at right back by Paul Dickov.
He was part of the Rovers team that won the Youth Alliance Cup in 2012 and earned his first professional contract with the club during that campaign.
* Rovers will today host their Open Day at the Keepmoat between 11am and 1pm, featuring an open training session, autograph opportunities and activities.