DONCASTER ROVERS: Loan frustration for Saunders

NO RUSH: Dean Saunders will not act rashly in the loan market despite wanting to bring players in. Picture: Andrew Roe
NO RUSH: Dean Saunders will not act rashly in the loan market despite wanting to bring players in. Picture: Andrew Roe

DEAN Saunders has been left frustrated in his attempts to secure signings after the loan window opened last weekend, writes Liam Hoden.

But the Rovers boss will not rush into any deals just to add bodies to his wafer-thin squad.

Funds were freed up for Saunders following James Coppinger’s last minute deadline day switch to Nottingham Forest on loan until January.

But the temporary deal for the midfielder has left Rovers little room for maneouvre, Saunders confirmed.

He told the Free Press: “We’ve got the money but because Copps is only there until January, that’s only how long we can guarantee it.

“That’s not what players want to hear when they’re negotiating with you.

“They’re wanting longer term deals or the chance of a permanent contract and we just can’t offer that right now.

“I’m looking to do some business but at the minute I’m struggling.”

Saunders was not optimistic of adding a player before the weekend when he spoke to the Free Press yesterday.

But he suggested he is willing to bide his time and only act when necessary.

“We’ve got such a small squad that it means the situation can change from game to game,” he said.

“I can be short in one area one week and then fine the next and short somewhere else.

“Every move has got to be really considered because we haven’t got the breathing space to make mistakes.”

“I can’t afford to bring players in that I’m not really going to need a couple of weeks later.”

With a fully fit squad, Saunders says there is not a particular area of the team which requires additions more than the other.

He said: “We haven’t got a real priority at the minute but I know there are areas which need some attention.

“I’m trying to make the squad up the best I can and I’m still searching for the right formula for us as well.

“I’ve got a completely new team and it’s going to take them and me a while to work out what the best team is.

“It’s something I would have done seven or eight weeks ago ideally.

“But we’ve won four out of six games while we’re trying to find our feet so that’s pleasing.”

Rovers travel to winless Colchester United on Saturday, starting a run of two games a week for the next three weeks.

Saunders said: “Colchester on Saturday is going to be a tough one, then following that up with Sheffield United and Stevenage means it doesn’t get any easier.

“The lads need to show they’re battlers because it’s going to be a really tough period.”

Saunders is confident Iain Hume (pictured) will score goals following his loan move from Preston North End.

But he admitted Hume is not yet near match fitness after a summer of turmoil at his parent club.

He said: “Iain’s no where near full match fitness because he’s not kicked a ball all summer at Preston.

“He’s been training in the gym so he’s having a few niggles now he’s training properly with us.

“But he adds strength to the forwards and I’m sure he’ll score goals for us.”