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Football: Hawarden midfielder Andy Dorman makes loan move to Bristol Rovers

WALES midfielder Andy Dorman is hoping to kick-start his season with a loan move to Bristol Rovers.

The 29-year-old, from Hawarden, joined the Pirates last week having fallen out of the first-team frame with his parent club, Crystal Palace.

Bristol is the latest stop for Dorman in a nomadic career which has taken him from his native Flintshire to America, Scotland and England.

Despite dropping two divisions – and facing a long commute by train from his current home in London to training – the former Hawarden High School pupil is confident that the temporary move will benefit his career.

“It happens sometimes,” said Dorman when asked why he had not got a run in the Palace first team this term.

“Early on Palace were not doing well and I was in and out of the side. Once they got settled and started winning games I found it more difficult to get in and have been playing in the reserves.”

Dorman played well enough to attract some attention from scouts and the Pirates offered him a lifeline with a loan that expires on January 2.

The former Flintshire Schoolboys player, who has played for New England Revolution in America and also Scottish side St Mirren, made his debut for Rovers on Saturday in their 3-1 FA Cup first round win over Corby Town.

He played the full 90 minutes and picked up a booking.

“I felt good out there,” he said. “The reserve team football I have played meant my fitness was pretty good and it is a big club that could go places.

“The FA Cup still has that buzz and excitement that anything can happen and I love being involved.”

Reports that Dorman did not realise he was dropping two divisions when he agreed to the loan were refuted by the player.

“My words were misquoted and it made me look like a bit of an idiot really,” he said.

“What I actually admitted was that when the club approached I was not 100% sure if they were League One or League Two, but I made sure I was certain before I spoke to them. I weighed everything up and decided it was the right move for me.

“Football is football and being at Bristol Rovers, regardless of the division, is going to be good for me. Hopefully if I do well it will be good for the club and the fans too.”

Dorman, who won the last of his three Wales caps in the 2-0 win over Northern Ireland in May, did not rule out the possibility of extending his loan in January.

He added: “Wales are doing really well under Gary Speed and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? But I have to focus on what I’m doing and let the other stuff take care of itself.”