Former Chelsea and Leicester City defender Frank Sinclair has joined the coaching staff at Rovers’ Academy.
Having played 180 games in the English Premier League, Sinclair arrives at the Keepmoat Stadium adding further quality to the coaching department. He will specifically link up with lead Development Phase coach Tony Mee in coaching the U16s age group.
Sinclair said: “I am excited about the future and where it can take us. The goal for me is to help get as many players as possible through to the first-team.
“The U16s is a vital part of the pathway. We are trying to prepare them for their scholarships before they could go onto earn a professional contract.
“From my first meeting with Academy manager Tony Cook, I got that sense from him straight away that he thought me joining the club could be really important.
"With my own experience of coming through Chelsea’s Academy and making a career for myself he thought that it would be helpful for the players and the coaches across different age groups.”
Cook was keen to bring the former Jamaican international to the Academy for his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the game.
Cook said: “Frank has been a massive addition to the Academy. Kirsty Cavanagh head of people and culture and myself saw some excellent traits in him so we searched for a position for him to have.
“We have some really good coaches, but I wanted someone who has been at the top end of the game. With Gary McSheffrey working with the U18s and now Frank with the U16s added with Tony Mee’s 20-year experience in those age groups, it has given us a real kudos.
“Frank is an infectious person and his playing and coaching background is second to none, which will enhance player development.
“What stood out for me was when he came in to meet us and do some unit work and he put his Rovers track suit on for the first time quicker than a nine-year-old would get into their kit. That for me reflects the kind of enthusiasm he brings to the club.”