Doncaster Rovers beat off lower division competition to sign former Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday defender Richard Wood

DONCASTER ROVERS manager Grant McCann is confident he has landed a 'natural leader' with a 'good presence in both boxes' after bringing in vastly-experienced central defender Richard Wood.

The Wakefield-born player, who turns 38 in July, recently left Rotherham United after nine outstanding seasons with the club. He has penned a one-year deal with Rovers.

McCann said: “It’s a really good signing for us. He brings really good experience, he’s a natural leader, he’s a really good presence in both boxes - not just defending set pieces but also attacking them.

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“He’s had a tremendous career. There’s been quite a bit of interest in him since he came on the market and we’re delighted to get him here.”

Richard Wood. Picture courtesy of Heather King/Doncaster Rovers.Richard Wood. Picture courtesy of Heather King/Doncaster Rovers.
Richard Wood. Picture courtesy of Heather King/Doncaster Rovers.

Wood, who made his debut for the Owls two decades ago in 2002-03 captained Rotherham to three promotions in his time at the club and also a Papa Johns Trophy success.

He famously netted a brace as the Millers beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 in the League One play-off final at Wembley in May 2018 and played 45 times in the club's outstanding promotion campaign of 2021-22.

Wood, who has secured four promotions in a career which has spanned over 600 games, said: "The aim is to get out of League Two, but I’m hoping I can also help the rest of the team.

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“I see myself as a leader and an organiser. I’ve got plenty of experience, being around a long time and hopefully I can help this young team and make them better.

“I’m pleased, really excited and looking forward to a good season ahead.”

The signing of Wood followed on from Rovers' addition of goalkeeper Ian Lawlor, who has rejoined the club for a second spell.

Lawlor, 28, has signed a two-year deal with the club following his recent departure from Dundee.

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Lawlor won promotion from League Two with the club in 2017 and went on to make 85 appearances before heading to Scotland.

He said: “It feels like home and I’m delighted to be back. I really enjoyed the previous spell here.

“It’s a club that I have a lot of love for. We had success over the years. The fanbase were great with me. It was a move that just felt right for me.”