In one of the most audacious publicity stunts of the year, English side Doncaster Rovers have announced the signing of One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson on a non-contract deal.
Rovers, who play in the Championship, the second tier of English soccer, have awarded Tomlinson squad No. 28. The new season kicks off tomorrow, while Doncaster face Blackpool on Saturday in their first game.
Tomlinson is a fan of the club and worked at their stadium as a hospitality waiter before finding fame on ‘X Factor’ and as part of one of the most successful bands in the world.
And while he has little chance of turning out for the club’s first team this season, Doncaster are hoping he will play for their reserve team in September or October in support of the charity Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Last season, Tomlinson appeared in a charity match attended by over 9,000 fans in aid of Bluebell Wood at the club’s Keepmoat Stadium and wore a Doncaster shirt, having been a lifelong fan.
On the club’s official website, Tomlinson said: “This has always been a childhood dream for me.
“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.”
Never fear though, One Direction fans, Tomlinson will remain as an active member of the band. However, it is quite a coup for the club, who will be hoping the signing will raise their profile and also raise awareness of the charity.