Did Doncaster Rovers attempt to bring back Mallik Wilks this month?

Darren Moore refused to be drawn on whether Doncaster Rovers had made a play to secure a return to the club for former loanee Mallik Wilks.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 6:06 pm

The forward last week joined Championship side Hull City, managed by Grant McCann who he worked under at Rovers last season while on loan from Leeds United.

It is understood that Rovers did make an enquiry about the 21-year-old's availability earlier this month, with his opportunities limited at current club Barnsley, who he joined last summer.

But it was made clear that the Reds favoured a loan move to the Championship for Wilks, who was particularly enamoured by the possibility of a reunion with McCann at the KCOM Stadium.

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Mallik Wilks in action for Rovers last season. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX
Mallik Wilks in action for Rovers last season. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX

Wilks starred with Rovers last season, scoring 16 goals in a superb campaign which made him a fast favourite of supporters.

But boss Moore would not confirm that an approach had been made by Rovers to bring him back to the club.

"We've made a lot of enquiries for a lot of players," Moore said.

"Mallik Wilks has come up in the press because I believe he was here last year and did well last year.

"But again, there's been many players that there's been enquiries about.

"I just want to speak about the definites, as and when the definites do come in."

Hull have the option of signing Wilks on a permanent basis in the summer.

His chances of a future at Barnsley look doubtful after being frozen out since Gerhard Struber took charge at Oakwell in November.