Doncaster Rovers’ Duffy deal ‘not yet done’

Danny Philliskirk was an unconfirmed trialist for Rovers at Frickley last night
Danny Philliskirk was an unconfirmed trialist for Rovers at Frickley last night

Negotiations between Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United over Mark Duffy have yet to conclude, the Star understands.

Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann announced on Monday a fee had been agreed between the two clubs for the winger.

But Rovers chairman John Ryan yesterday labelled that statement ‘premature.’

The two clubs have been in negotiations for around a fortnight over a fee for Duffy.

And The Star understands an agreement is particularly close but no formal bid has been entered by Rovers.

Talks of formal discussions between Rovers and Duffy are also thought to be premature.

Reports on Monday suggested the 27-year-old had departed Scunthorpe’s training camp in Northumbria to talk with Rovers officials.

But Iron boss Brian Laws confirmed yesterday Duffy was still in training with the club.

The quick-off-the-mark comments from Scunthorpe are likely to have further annoyed Rovers officials.

Paul Dickov expressed his frustration that Laws had made public Rovers’ initial bid for Duffy.

And the timing of Swann’s announcement will only have exacerbated matters.

While negotiations with Scunthorpe continue, so do talks with potential signings and out of contract players.

Six trialists were given game time during Rovers’ first pre-season friendly at Frickley Athletic last night.

Unconfirmed trialists included midfielders Sanchez Payne, Chris Gadi and Danny Philliskirk plus goalkeeper Rob Lainton and defender Luke McCullough.

Dickov’s first home game in charge of Rovers will see him welcome SPL runners-up Motherwell to the Keepmoat on July 13. Stuart McCall’s side will continue their preparations for the third qualifying round of the Europa League with the friendly against Rovers (3pm).

Tickets will be priced at £10 for adults, £5 concessions and £1 for U12s. Kick off will be 3pm.