Who is Devante Cole - Doncaster Rovers' first January signing?

Doncaster Rovers have completed their first signing of the January transfer window with the acquisition of striker Devante Cole from Wigan Athletic.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 1:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 12:05 am
Devante Cole, during his time with Fleetwood Town

The 24-year-old has joined on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.

Here, we take a look at Cole’s background and journey to the Keepmoat.

BORN: May 10, 1995. Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

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HIS DAD IS PRETTY WELL KNOWN - AND KNEW WHERE THE NET WAS

Cole is the son of former Manchester United and Newcastle United striker Andrew Cole, who scored almost 300 career goals.

HE WAS WITH MANCHESTER CITY FOR 12 YEARS

Cole joined the Premier League giants as a seven-year-old and left in 2015 when he joined Bradford City on a permanent transfer. He never made a senior appearance for City and had loan spells with Barnsley and MK Dons.

VERSATILE - BUT BEST DOWN THE MIDDLECole can play in wide areas and could be considered for a role in the advanced midfield three. However his best position is undoubtedly in a striking role and can be expected to challenge Niall Ennis for starts in that position. The 6ft1 forward is known for his pace and physicality.

HE FOUND HIS FEET AT FLEETWOOD

The 24-year-old was only at Bradford for six months before switching to Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee in January 2018. Over two years at Highbury, he scored 22 goals in 94 appearances, playing both up front and out wide.

HE HAS A PROMOTION FROM LEAGUE ONE ON HIS CV

Cole left Fleetwood for promotion chasing Wigan Athletic in January 2018 and helped the Latics to secure promotion back to the Championship.

BUT THE JOY OF PROMOTION DID NOT LAST

Cole has made only one appearance for Wigan since their promotion, and that came in the Carabao Cup. He joined Burton Albion on loan in August 2016, making 16 appearances and scoring twice.

HIS LAST SPELL OF GAMES WAS NORTH OF THE BORDER

Cole joined SPFL side Motherwell on loan last summer, with the deal running until he was recalled by Wigan in December. He made 24 appearances for the Steelmen, scoring four goals. "He is someone I wanted to keep but ultimately he isn’t our player,” said Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson.

HE WAS ALWAYS SET TO LEAVE WIGAN THIS MONTH

Though he was recalled from his loan at Motherwell, he was quickly made aware that he had no future at the DW Stadium. Latics boss Paul Cook said: “His contract’s up in the summer, he’s been out on loan, and the reality is it’ll be Devante’s choice in general.”

HE HAD AN GOOD RECORD AT ENGLAND AGE GROUP LEVEL

Cole scored goals at every level for England up to the U19s. His record from U16s upwards reads 17 appearances, seven goals.

HE WAS LINKED WITH HULL CITY THIS MONTH

Hull City - managed by former Rovers boss Grant McCann - had been linked with a move for Cole at the start of the month but it is believed their signing of Mallik Wilks ended their interest. Luton Town were also said to have shown interest in a deal.