Doncaster Rovers talk to Billy Paynter

League debut: New signing Jamie McCombe looks set to face Walsall.                Picture: jonathan gawthorpe
League debut: New signing Jamie McCombe looks set to face Walsall. Picture: jonathan gawthorpe

HAVING completed the signing of defender Jamie McCombe on Saturday, Doncaster Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders hopes to be able to unveil a new striker today.

Saunders planned further talks with Leeds United’s transfer-listed forward Billy Paynter following Saturday’s hard-earned Capital One Cup win over visiting York City.

“We put that many crosses into the box (that weren’t converted) that it’s obvious that we need a goal-scorer,” he said. “So I’ll be looking to do something about that in the next couple of days.”

Former Huddersfield Town centre-back McCombe, who watched Saturday’s game, will train with his new team-mates today and is set to make his Rovers’ debut in this weekend’s League One opener at Walsall.

“He’s a big centre-half and hopefully he will help us not only pose a threat ourselves from set-pieces but also defend them better than we did at times last season,” said Saunders, who is keen to switch skipper Tommy Spurr to his more favoured left-back slot.

“I’m trying to build a side to compete in this league and to get us out of this league.”

Reflecting on the York game - Rovers’ first home win in a competitive game since January - Saunders said: “Fair play to York, they did well today.

“They forced the pace and scored a great goal in the top corner and we had to dig deep and find something.

“Had they scored again and we’d have gone 2-0 down we’d have been out of the game. But I thought that big centre-half Rob Jones did what it says on the tin and kept heading the ball away and we stayed in the game.

“We were a bit rusty and our passing wasn’t very good in the first half and they looked like they hadn’t played together, which they hadn’t.

“We only managed to get three outfield players on the bench and that shows how short we are.”

Rovers’ numbers were reduced still further on the morning of the match when Burnley finally secured the services of influential midfielder Brian Stock after several weeks of negotiations.

“Obviously we are sad to lose Stocky; he’s been a great servant to the club and I’m sure all supporters will wish him well in the next episode of his career at Burnley,” Saunders.

“He’s a great lad and we are sad to lose him but we have to cut our cloth accordingly.”

Saunders was due to check on right-back Paul Quinn, stretchered off with a leg problem during extra-time, today.