Saunders challenge for Kirkland

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Chris Kirkland

Dean Saunders has challenged former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland to use his loan spell at Doncaster to reignite his career.

The 30-year-old, who earned a solitary international cap in 2006, has joined Rovers from Wigan until January and is set for a debut in Friday's Yorkshire derby with Leeds.

"Hopefully Chris will get playing for us and get his career back on track." Saunders told Sky Sports News.

He has found himself out of the reckoning under Roberto Martinez at the DW Stadium and, having featured just seven times in the last 18 months for the Latics, Saunders believes Kirkland can put his name up in lights at the Keepmoat.

"It's a great signing for us. To have a goalkeeper of his stature coming to play for us, I couldn't have hoped for anything more," Saunders added.

"I cannot thank Wigan enough for allowing us to do that.

"He's a top-class goalkeeper and he needs to show everyone. He has a stage at Doncaster to do that."

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