BREAKING: Doncaster Rovers sign Queens Park Rangers keeper on emergency loan

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Doncaster Rovers have completed the signing of goalkeeper Joe Lumley on an emergency loan deal from Queens Park Rangers.

Rovers were prompted into action after Josef Bursik was recalled from his loan by parent club Stoke City due to an injury crisis.

And they quickly lined up a deal for 25-year-old Lumley, who has joined on a one-week emergency loan. It is understood a rolling agreement has been reached with QPR should Rovers wish to extend the deal.

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As per EFL regulations for emergency loan signings, Lumley – who trained with the Rovers squad on Friday – must start the matches he is available for during his stay with Rovers so will therefore make his debut against Sunderland on Saturday.

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Lumley has made more than 80 appearances for QPR, who he joined as a 15-year-old. He was the first choice keeper for the 2018/19 season and much of last term.

Having started the first three matches of the season, Lumley has found himself on the fringes at QPR, with his contract due to expire in the summer.

Former Rovers loanee Seny Dieng has emerged as the first choice keeper at Loftus Road this season.

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Lumley spent a week on an emergency loan with Gillingham just a fortnight ago, playing in a defeat to Sunderland and a win over Crewe Alexandra.

He has previously had loan spells with Bristol Rovers and Accrington Stanley in League One.

Bursik’s recall was unexpected with Rovers preparing to welcome him back from international duty having won his first cap for England U21s.

But the Potters lost Angus Gunn to injury for the remainder of 2020, forcing them to recall Bursik.


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