Andy Butler on how much he would use the loan market as Doncaster Rovers boss

Andy Butler has suggested he would intend to sign fewer loan players if he was to remain Doncaster Rovers boss beyond the end of the season.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 5:31 pm

Rovers have delved into the loan market quite considerably under their last two managers but current incumbent Butler says he would prefer to have the majority of his players contracted to the club.

“I think you use loans for a reason - to fill a squad,” he said.

“If it was to be my squad I’d like a group of players that are contracted to Doncaster Rovers.

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Andy Butler alongside Rovers goalkeeper coach Paul Gerrard. Picture: Ed Sykes/AHPIX

“You use the loan market to bring players in from higher clubs who might add to the squad.

“But at the same time it’s key to the squad that you get a group of players who know Doncaster Rovers and want to be in the squad.”

Butler inherited seven loanees from previous boss Darren Moore and faces a juggling task when all are available as clubs are only permitted to use five on any matchday.

With Tyreece John-Jules and Josh Sims both currently injured, the Rovers boss has few headaches at the moment but knows a balancing act awaits him over the next couple of months.

“It has been difficult to get all the players in that we’ve wanted to get,” he said.

“At the minute, injuries are allowing that.

“It’s a balancing act and it’s balancing which players need a rest and which players need game time.

“Right now all the players that can be involved are involved.”

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