One Direction's Louis Tomlinson signs for Doncaster Rovers Football Club

Published Thursday, Aug 1 2013, 15:30 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Move over Ronaldo and Rooney, there's a brand new footballer in town and his name is Louis Tomlinson!

Name sound familiar? It should. It's very same Louis of One Direction fame, and he's just signed for his local footie team Doncaster Rovers. No joke!

Football fan Louis has signed as a non-contract player to help raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice - and it's fair to say he's pretty thrilled!

Louis Tomlinson of One Direction taking part in a charity football match at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster
Doncaster, England - 22.10.12


Louis playing in a charity football match at the Keepmoat Stadium in 2012.

He 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."

One Direction fans need not worry, however, as it doesn't mean heartthrob Louis will be ditching the microphone for the pitch quite yet.

According to the club, all they're hoping is he appears in Rovers colours at some point during the season and pops into a training session all in aid of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

Louis - who played at the Keepmoat Stadium last year in a charity match - will be given his own shirt number as part of the deal – who bets those will fly off the shelves?!

One Direction Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles - The 2013 Brit Awards (Brits) held at the O2 Arena

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Suited and booted with One Direction at The Brit Awards in February 2013

Rovers' Media Manager Steve Uttley said: "Louis and I organised last season's charity game, in aid of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, which was a big success with over 9000 fans attending. It was natural to follow on from that and Louis wanted more involvement to raise the profile of his home town club and Bluebell Wood.

"What started out as light hearted banter on text has moved on to reality, which is a great coup for the club. Our next step is to get Louis on the pitch again in a Rovers kit"

Between touring the world with 1D, promoting their new concert movie This Is Us, which opens next month, and just generally being in demand by everyone, hopefully that won't be too much of an ask... we're all for plenty of pics of Louis in a kit!

Watch Louis in his day job with One Direction's video for 'Best Song Ever':