DONCASTER Rovers could have striker Billy Paynter in their side to tackle visiting Barnsley in tomorrow’s pre-season clash.
The transfer-listed Leeds United forward trained with Rovers yesterday after Championship side Blackpool, with whom the 28-year-old had trained earlier in the week, decided against pursuing their interest.
And Rovers boss Dean Saunders, who left No 2 Brian Carey in charge after staying away from the training ground yesterday after picking up a bug, is believed to be still interested in bringing another defender in before the game. There was further speculation yesterday that another of Rovers’ big names could be on the move in the next day or so.
Trialist right-back Paul Quinn, who came off as a precaution midway through the second half of Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Hull City is expected to be involved against the Reds.
Carey also expects veteran striker Robbie Blake to feature: “We brought Robbie off midway through the first half because he was feeling dizzy,” said Carey. “But we had him checked out yesterday and he’s okay.”
Veteran keeper Neil Sullivan, yet to feature in any of the pre-season games, resumed training yesterday.
“Neil trained both yesterday morning and afternoon but tomorrow’s game could be a bit too soon for him,” said Carey.
Carey said of Barnsley’s visit: “I would expect it to be a step-up in terms of competitiveness especially with it being a local derby - though we don’t want to see players getting injured.
“It would be nice to win but the result isn’t the be-and-end-all. It’s just another game to sharpen things up and hopefully see the things we’ve worked on come good.”
Rovers have conceded just one goal in their last two warm-up games and Carey is looking for another solid defensive display following the arrival of former Owls star Rob Jones.