Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Robbie Clark has declared his ambition to become a full-time football coach.
The 19-year-old – who's professional contract at the Keepmoat Stadium was cancelled by mutual consent last week – is ready to put an end to his professional playing career and take on the role of community coach
with the South Yorkshire club.
The manager of the Rovers Foundation, Liam Scully said: "We're proud and honoured to have a professional like Robbie joining our growing team.
"He will be an invaluable team member with a wealth of experience in football under his belt.
"Not only will he be able to offer knowledge of his footballing skills, but also is a role model that young children can look up to and aspire to be. We wish him all the best in his new role."
Following the departure of Clark, Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll has brought in midfielder Ryan Mason from Tottenham Hotspur on a loan deal that will run until the end of the season.
The highly rated youngster appeared for Doncaster back in August but a back injury ended his time at the Keepmoat. The player becomes available for selection immediately.
Meanwhile, Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll has urged his star striker Billy Sharp to remain positive towards him and his team-mates.
Sharp – Doncaster's record signing – became aggressive towards his own
team-mates following their FA Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
O'Driscoll has said that Sharp needs to channel his anger in a different way by taking it out on the opposition's defence rather than his own team.
Rovers winger James Coppinger has dismissed suggestions that the club's run in the FA Cup has been a distraction to the main goals in the league this season. Coppinger said the two games played against Wolves have hindered Rovers rather than anything else.
Elsewhere, Rovers are set to be without midfielder Martin Woods for weeks after the midfielder suffered a groin injury warming up for the FA Cup clash with Wolves.
Woods, who will have a scan to reveal the full extent of the damage, has just recovered from a groin injury sustained on the opposite side of where his current injury is.
O'Driscoll said: "He's going to have a scan but the prognosis is that he is going to be out for weeks"
"After 24 hours you get more of an idea of whether he's pulled something or something is torn.
"It's one of those things where you think its a tweak and touchwood its
going to be okay, but this is a bit more serious."