Doncaster Rovers sign Louis Tomlinson of One Direction | inside World Soccer

Championship side Doncaster Rovers have made the shock signing of the summer by snapping up One Direction star Louis Tomlinson.

Louis Tomlinson has been assigned the No 28 shirt for Doncaster Rovers this season
Louis Tomlinson has been assigned the No 28 shirt for Doncaster Rovers this season

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The 21-year-old joined the club as a non-contract player, presumably meaning he will not be a regular on the team sheet.

Tomlinson will train with the squad and appear for the club's reserve team as part of a campaign to raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

"This has always been a childhood dream for me," Tomlinson told the club's website.

"I feel very honoured to have been asked to sign for Rovers and being able to help both the club and the amazing charity Bluebell Wood is what it's all about."

The Doncaster-born singer turned out for the Championship side in 2012 when he played in a pre-season friendly at the Keapmoat Stadium.

Doncaster Media Manager Steve Uttley added: "Louis and I organised last season's charity game, in aid Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, which was a big success with over 9000 fans attending.

"It was natural to follow on from that and Louis wanted more involvement to raise the profile of his home town club and Bluebell Wood.

"What started out as light hearted banter on text has moved on to reality, which is a great coup for the club.

"Our next step is to get Louis on the pitch again in a Rovers kit."

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