Ex-Nottingham Forest midfielder John Bostock has signed for Doncaster Rovers to replace Reds target, Ben Whiteman.

The 24-year-old signed for Preston North End earlier this month after being linked with a move to the City Ground.

His departure has left Rovers with a void to fill in the middle of the park and they’ve moved quickly to replace him.

Bostock joined the Reds on loan from Toulouse last season and was bizarrely underused by Sabri Lamouchi.

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He made just nine appearances for the club, with just one coming in the way of a start in the Championship.

Bostock was released by the French outfit in the summer and has been waiting for a new club ever since.

He will now have the chance to kick his career on at the team chasing promotion from League One.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed a weird yet wonderful career in the game.

He has played for Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Hull Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday in England.

Bostock has also played for Toronto, Lens, Toulouse, Bursaspor, Royal Antwerp and Leuven in other countries.

After bursting onto the scene as a wonderkid, his career hasn’t quite continued on the upward trajectory many anticipated.

As a likeable character though the hope will be that he can finally settle at a club now.

Could Forest have done with keeping Bostock?

Ben Whiteman should have been Forest’s number one target this month but his signing wasn’t to be.

It’s fair to say many Doncaster supporters would have hoped for a little bit better in the way of a replacement.

They shouldn’t look at Bostock for what he can’t do, however, focusing instead on what he can.

The midfielder is comfortable in possession, has a sublime passing range and reads the game exceptionally well.

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As a free transfer, the Reds could have done with keeping Bostock and Sabri Lamouchi underused him badly last season.

He’d have been a decent addition to the Forest ranks and Chris Hughton would have welcomed having him around now.

He is in the middle of an injury crisis in midfield, with Harry Arter, Jack Colback and Ryan Yates all now injured.

Forest fans will take note of Bostock ‘s performances with intrigue, with plenty hoping he takes to League One in style.

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