Rovers boss Fergie to hold fire on loans

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

Darren Ferguson says he will hold off bringing in a defender on loan for Doncaster Rovers until after this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Stalybridge Celtic.

Rovers’ defensive ranks have been boosted by the return to training of centre halves Gary MacKenzie and Rob Jones, who are both in contention to feature on Saturday.

But boss Ferguson is still strongly considering a loan move and admits he faces a choice between versatility and a more traditional centre half

“There are one or two possibilities I can bring in,” Ferguson said.

“I can only obviously bring in one more loan for a matchday squad so I’ve got to be absolutely certain to what I need to bring in.

“It’s still a possibility I will bring a defender in but it won’t be before Saturday.

“One player in particular, his club, I’ve spoken to the manager there and probably felt better we just get the cup tie out of the way and take it from there.

“It’s whether I go for the real flexibility with a defender that can play anywhere in the back four or five, which is something I am thinking about. Or do you go for the real dominant centre half that we may need?

“We’ll wait and see what happens. Things change and can change quickly in football.

“I thought there was some good performances against Colchester last weekend and if they continue you may begin to change your mind.”

Along with Jones and MacKenzie, Keshi Anderson and Paul McKay also resumed training with Rovers yesterday.

But Paul Keegan has been ruled out for two to three weeks with a knee injury and Cameron Stewart is doubtful after suffering a knock in training.