Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson to keep transfer window tweaking to minimum

Doncaster Rovers are negotiating to extend the loan of Craig Alcock''from Sheffield United. Photo: Andrew Roe
Doncaster Rovers are negotiating to extend the loan of Craig Alcock''from Sheffield United. Photo: Andrew Roe

Darren Ferguson won’t be going mad in the market this week following the re-opening of the transfer window.

The Rovers boss presided over one of the club’s best performances of the season on Saturday - a 3-0 triumph at high-flying Southend which propelled the team into the top half of League One for the first time since August.

Midfielder Conor Grant has extended his loan deal from Everton until the end of the season, while Ferguson is also hopeful of securing a similar agreement with Sheffield United for defender Craig Alcock.

Heading out of the Keepmoat has been Harry Forrester, to Rangers, while Brazilian loan defender Felipe Mattioni has gone back to Everton for treatment on a hamstring injury.

It appears there are only likely to be tweaks to the Rovers squad this week, though, as the club gears up for Saturday’s mouth-watering FA Cup tie at home against Stoke City.

Ferguson said: “Conor is tied down now, but Felipe has gone back to Everton because of his injury.

“They’ll assess that there and let us know, while as far as Craig is concerned, we’re still trying to get that deal done and I am optimistic.

“I’ll still be trying to get another player in this week, but it’s important we get two or three out as well.

“I don’t want to change too much really, I think it’s more about the squad we’ve got maintaining standards.

“On Saturday we got to a level where, if we can continue in that way, we could end up with a decent season.

“We want to add one or two maybe, but it is about getting the right types of player in and the right characters.”

Reflecting on Saturday’s win, the sixth game unbeaten on the road, Ferguson added: “It’s about keeping the consistency going now, and continuing to improve in certain areas.

“I’ve got a good bunch of lads in there and when they fulfil their potential, they are a match for anyone.”