'It was the only place I wanted to come' - Fejiri Okenabirhie plays patience game to join Doncaster Rovers

Fejiri Okenabirhie revealed he too was forced to play a game of patience to become a Doncaster Rovers signing in the January transfer window.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 7:17 pm

Rovers boss Darren Moore urged patience among supporters throughout the month, until making a quartet of signings in the final few days of the window.

Striker Okenabirhie revealed the chance to join Rovers from Shrewsbury Town had arisen in early January and he was keen to see the transfer happen as the wait dragged until the day before the dealine.

“It was going on from the start of the window to be honest and it was in the pipeline from then,” the 23-year-old said.

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Fejiri Okenabirhie. Picture: Howard Roe
Fejiri Okenabirhie. Picture: Howard Roe

“I was just waiting for things to get agreed between the clubs.

“It got done at the end of the window and I’m signed now so I’m just looking forward.

“It was just about waiting and that’s part and parcel of football.

“I’m ready to start as a Doncaster player and do well.

“It’s been packing bags and rushing up here to sign and getting straight in.

“Now I’m settled I’m just looking forward to getting on the pitch and helping the team.”

Okenabirhie says he did have other options available to him as he looked to leave Shrewsbury, where he found himself on the sidelines this season despite ending the previous campaign as top scorer with 16 goals.

But he insists he had his heart set on a move to the Keepmoat after being sold on the club by Moore.

“Doncaster was the only place I wanted to come,” he said.

“It’s a great group of lads that have welcomed me really well.

“And the gaffer made me feel wanted and I’m looking forward to repaying the faith he has shown in bringing me here.

“The gaffer made me feel wanted and told me how he saw me fitting in.

“And I’ve seen how well the team is doing this season I wanted to just come and be a part of it.

“The way the team plays through the thirds and the attacking football, that definitely appealed to me.”