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Ready for action: Rovers right sided player Mustapha Dumbuya says he wants the chance to impress new boss Dean Saunders
Ready for action: Rovers right sided player Mustapha Dumbuya says he wants the chance to impress new boss Dean Saunders
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MUSTAPHA Dumbuya is still looking for the chance to impress new Doncaster Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders.

Since Saunders arrived, Rovers have made a host of high profile signings and are expected to add Marc Antoine Fortune from West Brom and free agent Bolo Zenden to their ranks today, meaning Dumbuya, who won several Supporters’ Club Player of the Month awards last season, out in the cold.

He was a regular in the side under Sean O’Driscoll this season until being dropped for the game at Reading in what proved to be his last match in charge.

Saunders took over less than 48 hours before the home game against Crystal Palace and picked the team after consulting with Director of Football Mickey Walker. There was no place in the squad for the attack-minded right-back and with Rovers picking up seven points from Saunders first three games in charge there was little chance of him forcing his way in.

Even though results have been mixed since then Saunders has yet to turn to Dumbuya.

“It’s frustrating but I’ve just got to be patient.” he told The Star. “But I’m keeping my spirits up and I’m not feeling down. The manager has told me to keep working hard and that my time will come.”

When it does, it may be in an unfamiliar role as far as Rovers’ fans are concerned.

“I’ve been playing on the right of midfield in practice games and that’s the position I see myself playing rather than full-back,” he said, “It’s not a problem because I’ve played wing-back before and it’s a similar position.”

“I’m working hard in training and it’s a case of taking my chance when it comes. Although I’ve played in the practice games you do lose some match fitness if you aren’t playing regularly so I’m doing some extra work after training.”

Willie McKay, who has taken control of Rovers transfer dealings, says the Baggies will allow Fortune to join their relegation scrap as long as Shane Long suffers no reaction to a knee injury he recently picked up in training.

McKay said: “We’re waiting for a player to come through training on Thursday, Shane Long, and if he’s okay West Brom will allow Marco to come and join us. It would be until January 4.”