Jordy Hiwula bolstered Doncaster Rovers’ attacking contingent last week, signing a two year deal on a free transfer from Portsmouth, and new manager Richie Wellens has already talked up the goal threat he brings in an interview with the Doncaster Free Press.
After a frustrating couple of seasons for the 26-year-old, it is refreshing to see such belief in Hiwula’s ability from Wellens as he looks to build on Donny’s 14th and ninth placed finishes in the last two seasons, largely under the stewardship of Darren Moore.
He said: “He’s a proven performer at this level. He’s had 157 starts in his career and 64 goals from the left side and as a striker.
“We don’t see him as a striker, though he can fill in there. I think his best season came at Coventry under Mark Robins, and they were very good that season.
“He scored 14 from the left wing and I think he’s very capable of getting double figures from that position for us.”
Rovers were too reliant on loan players in their play-off push last season, with Josh Sims and Tyreece John-Jules having returned to their parent clubs it was crucial Doncaster replaced their attacking output.
Tying Hiwula down on a permanent deal approaching the peak years of his career and with his experience at the level is a sensible acquisition.
The positivity from Wellens is a good insight into how he conducts himself in the dressing room and his man management style. He is clearly trying to raise morale of the squad, supporters and the individual with these comments.
After a promising start to his career in the Football League, Hiwula’s attacking numbers have regressed in the last two seasons, but Wellens’ words and faith should build his confidence.
Hiwula’s addition and skill set should compliment Donny’s central frontmen in Fejiri Okenabirhie and Omar Bogle, as Wellens bids to replicate their run to the play-off semi finals in 2018/19.