Former Derby County midfielder James Bailey will sign for Doncaster Rovers today, according to Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis.
Bailey has been training with Doncaster for the past week and has impressed manager Paul Dickov enough to earn a permanent contract.
A graduate of the famed Crewe Alexandra academy, the Gresty Road outfit had hoped to re-sign their former player only to be unable to match his wage demands. For Doncaster Rovers though, Bailey will become their first summer signing having seen a number of key first-teamers leave the club on free transfers.
This morning saw the South Yorkshire side dealt the blow of losing their impressive defender Paul Quinn. Bailey is the first of what is expected to be a minimum of six summer signings to be made before the club’s opening league fixture against Yeovil Town.
Bailey has struggled for first-team football over the past two seasons after being transfer-listed by ex-Derby boss Nigel Clough in the summer of 2012. After enjoying a productive loan spell in League One with Coventry City, Bailey’s return to Pride Park was undermined by injury that kept him out of the first half of last season. Bailey played only once last season for the Rams as Steve MacLaren felt that he possessed better options within his squad.
Doncaster’s move for James Bailey signals an end to the wranglings surrounding the club’s ownership. A takeover from John Ryan and One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was announced two weeks ago but the formalities have only just been completed. Paul Dickov now will be allowed to be active in the transfer window as well as in retaining James Coppinger, Paul Keegan and Ross Turnbull for next season.