Louis Tomlinson’s career with One Direction has won him legions of adoring fans, but the singer might have it a bit tougher on the field. The teenage heartthrob is moving on to an entirely different demo, as he has recently signed with the Doncaster Rovers. Tomlinson is a Doncaster native, and while he has never played higher than Sunday League, apparently it was a childhood dream of his. Who could argue with that?

Louis Tommlinson, O2 Arena London
Turns out Louis is a double threat.

"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," the 21-year-old commented for the Rovers website. Tomlinson is referring to the fact that his appearances on the field (he has been signed as a non-contract player) will benefit the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which works with children with a shortened life expectancy. Louis is expected to don the Rovers colours at some point during the season and train with the team.

Louis Tomlinson, One Direction
His turn as a baller will be in aid of the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

Doncaster chairman chairman John Ryan said: “I am honoured to let Louis play in my number to help raise money for the charity. I wore this in 2003 for my record beating appearance at Hereford and this is the first time I have allowed it to be used since but I felt this was a good cause.”

For any concerned Directioners out there, however, fret not – the contract will not prevent Louis from touring with the band or releasing new music.

Louis Tomlinson, O2 Arena
Louis himself is very excited to realise a childhood dream.