Rovers have signed Manchester United young goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a month long loan deal.
The 20-year-old’s late arrival on transfer deadline day was somewhat of a surprise with Rovers not expected to conduct any further business in the window.
Johnstone has been brought in to provide extra cover with Ross Turnbull and Jon Maxted the only two senior keepers on the books.
The England U20 mainstay’s arrival has sparked speculation that either Turnbull or Maxted has suffered an injury – a matter unlikely to be cleared up until just before Rovers’ clash with Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Johnstone penned a new three and a half year deal at Old Trafford on Thursday.
He has yet to make a senior appearance for United but his move to Rovers will be his fourth loan spell.
He spent the 2011/12 season on loan at Scunthorpe United, making 12 starts.
Johnstone finished last season with Walsall, playing a key role in the run in as the Saddlers chased a League One play-off place.
And he started this season with Yeovil Town but managed just a single start after suffering a finger injury.
Since his return to fitness, Johnstone has been a regular feature for United’s U21 side.
Federico Macheda will not be following Johnstone back across the Pennines from United to Rovers after he agreed to join Birmingham City on loan for the rest of the season.
Macheda made 15 appearances for Rovers on loan this season, scoring three goals.
Former Rovers midfielder Martin Woods has signed a deal until the end of the season with Barnsley where he has been training since having his non-contract terms at the Keepmoat cancelled in early January.