Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore has said to the Doncaster Free Press that he will not offer trainee striker Victor Anichebe a deal with the club until he has improved his match fitness.

Over the course of the past month or so, free agent striker Victor Anichebe has been training with League One side Doncaster Rovers. He has been without a club since leaving Beijing BSU in January 2018 and he is now looking for a new club.

Doncaster Rovers are said to have offered him a deal but manager Darren Moore is keen for Anichebe to improve his match fitness before putting pen to paper on a new deal. Moore said:

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“You’d want to get it those levels where he’s got games under his belt. Match fitness is a completely different thing. People can see you in training but when you’re on the football pitch, sprinting, changing directions and repeating it over and over again, your body has to be conditioned to it.”

Speaking about the possibility of a deal, Moore said: “Potentially you can do anything with anybody. We’ll wait and see. He’s got to up it [his match fitness]and get it higher.

“We’ve been upping his training and credit to him he’s been getting to those levels. He’s been working extremely hard and I would say he’s almost had a mini pre-season. It’s been that much. Credit to him, he’s been getting through the workload.

“I’d imagine Victor now is probably trying to see some sort of light at the end of the tunnel in terms of feeling that he’s getting back to where he probably should have been. It’s been time spent, nothing different with any short corners.

“The biggest thing for me is that he’s been a credit in here. He’s been really good. His experience bit also him helping the younger ones – people like Niall Ennis and Kazaiah Sterling who can only learn, Will Longbottom, Alex Kiwomya and Alfie May who can only learn off being around him.”
Anichebe came through the youth academy at Everton, going on to play 168 times for the Toffees (26 goals and 20 assists) before leaving to join West Brom in 2013. He spent three years with the Baggies (63 appearances, nine goals and six assists) and left to join Sunderland. After a short stint with Sunderland, he moved to China, linking up with Beijing BSU.

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