Darren Moore on whether any more players will leave Doncaster Rovers on loan

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Darren Moore says it is unlikely that any more of Doncaster Rovers’ youngsters will be leaving the club on loan in the near future.

Branden Horton and AJ Greaves are out on loan at Redditch United and Gainsborough Trinity respectively while Charlie Seaman is on a season-long loan with Maidstone United.

Moore said he would listen to offers of loan deals for the likes of Ben Blythe, Lirak Hasani and Liam Ravenhill but would only sanction moves if they were unmissable opportunities for the trio.

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“If it is right but if not then no,” he told the Free Press. “If the right opportunity comes up to develop them further then it would be a yes.

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“Ravenhill, Blythe and Hasani are the ones you’d consider.

“For any of those to go out, the move would have to be right because we’re looking to keep them in the building.”

Ravenhill is currently on international duty with Northern Ireland U21s - alongside fellow Rovers academy graduate Danny Amos - after receiving a late call-up last week.

With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic forcing the scrapping of Rovers’ U23s group, there are few opportunities for regular competitive match time for the club’s young players.

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With Horton and Greaves being the more senior of the group of development players, Moore felt it was essential for them to gain experience on loan.

“It’s important for those two at this stage with their careers where they’re at,” he said.

“When we signed them on, it was in the pre-Covid setting and they were signed on to maintain an U23 group here and develop and nurture them towards senior football that way.

“Obviously that has been obliterated, our U23s team, because of the circumstances.

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“We now have to make sure we maintain that they try to receive that men’s football which will aid their development.

“They’ve both come off the back of a good pre-season and what they need is the opportunity to play some games at senior level.”

After signing for Rovers earlier this month, Seaman was immediately loaned to Maidstone to gain senior experience with the National League South club.


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