Peter Clarke will aim to take a step closer to a Doncaster deal by impressing against former club Huddersfield Town in Portugal today.

The 32-year-old centre-back who was released at the end of the season is one of a clutch of free agents to have gone on Rovers’ trip to Vilamoura.

Town are based at Val de Lobo, also on the Algarve, until Sunday, and play Paul Dickov’s League I side behind closed doors.

Clarke, who could resume his central defensive partnership with fellow Town old boy Jamie McCombe at the Keepmoat Stadium, played for Doncaster in Saturday’s 2-0 friendly defeat at Lincoln.

Rovers, relegated from the Championship last season, hope to sign him once the John Ryan-Louis Tomlinson takeover is competed.

Dickov is also using the Portuguese trip to also cast his eye over keepers Jamie Ashdown and Ben Williams, defender Cedric Evina, midfielders Elliott Kebbie and James Bailey and striker Nathan Tyson.

The former Oldham boss wants his side to bounce back from their loss at Lincoln.

“It’s pre-season, the boys have been back in 12 days, and they want to win every game that they can,” said Dickov.

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“We’ll have to sweep that one (Lincoln) under the carpet and work on it this week.

“Sometimes a performance like that is good because it helps me in my thinking going forward.

“Especially in pre-season, you want to get the ball down, you want to play one-two touch football. You want to play with a bit of energy and it didn’t seem to be there.”

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