Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore will give Jamie Ward and Alex Baptiste another 24 hours with the club before he decides whether to offer them a contract or not, as reported by the Doncaster Free Press.
Baptiste, released by Queens Park Rangers last season, is on trial at the Keepmoat, along with a handful of other hopefuls. Moore opted not to give Gael Bigirimana a contract after his spell, but will now consider his remaining choices carefully after Saturday’s friendly against Hull City.
Former Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Ward is also on trial with Rovers and Moore confirmed he was considering his options with both players.
“We’re still giving ourselves 24 hours with Alex and Jamie,” said the former West Brom manager.
“Those are to areas where we’ve been short in the team so we’ve looked at them. We’re just talking with those two at the moment.”
Both players are 33-years-old and have amassed over 950 professional matches between them, which Moore was keen to stress would add valuable experience to his group.
“They have got that experience,” he said.
“When you saw them both come in the magnitude of that game, you would never have thought that they were both there on a trial basis with the way they performed.
“A large part of that is that there is no mental step with them because of that experience that just came through.”
Jamie Ward spent part of last season on loan with Charlton, making nine appearances, whilst Baptiste played nine times for Steve McClaren’s QPR in the Championship.
Darren Moore likes a golden oldie, doesn’t he? Tyrone Mears was one he picked up for West Brom last season and here he is looking at two more thirty-somethings in his latest role.
In League One, Baptiste should still have a lot to offer. If he’s paired with a defender who is a little younger and quicker, he’d be a good addition to the side.
Ward didn’t impress at Charlton last season and whilst his experience might be of use behind the scenes, I couldn’t see him starting 20 matches a season.
If they do lose John Marquis they’ll need far, far better to launch another top six challenge.