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Rovers are among the League One clubs that have been spending quite a bit in recent times, as opposed to the good number of the rest of the league’s record transfers dating back to the ‘90s. Just the fact that their oldest transfer record in the top ten is that of James O’Connor back in the season of 2006/07 for £180,000 basically confirms the thesis.
But the number one spot is reserved for none other than Billy Sharp who joined the club during the 2010/11 campaign from Sheffield United for an incredible £1.2m, beating Shetlon Martis’ £981,000 price tag the Rovers had to splash to West Bromwich Albion a couple of years prior to that.
Matt Mills was also bought from Manchester City a year before that for a reported fee of £405,000 and he rounds off the top three most expensive purchases in their history. Interestingly enough, we can also notice that they’ve broken their record in three consecutive years from 2008/09 to 2010/11.
Mills is also their top sale as they moved him on to Reading for £2m in 2009/10 and Sharp was sold to Southampton for £1.9m two seasons after that.
Even though he didn’t really stay at Doncaster Rovers for too long, Sharp is definitely a name worth putting on this list. He initially arrived on a season-long loan but would then surprise everyone and sign on a permanent contract almost immediately, quickly becoming one the fan favourites and also one of the most lethal strikers they’ve ever had.
But his great stint also meant that he would attract quite a bit of attention and was then sold for a record fee to Southampton shortly after. We should also mention the likes of Brian Stock, who arrived in January 2007 from Preston North End after a loan spell and would also end up having quite a stint with the Rovers.
And we could also add many other names to the list with James Coppinger and even Michael McIndoe who didn’t really cover himself in glory following his departure. But one way or the other, his transfer, both in and out of the club, quite clearly ruffled a couple of feathers and definitely warrants a shout.