ROVERS welcomed Iain Hume and said goodbye to James Coppinger on an intriguing transfer deadline day.
The long running transfer saga surrounding Coppinger finally concluded late on deadline day with a loan switch to Nottingham Forest until January 2.
And earlier in the day, striker Hume ended his own long period of uncertainty at Preston North End by joining Rovers on loan for the same period.
Despite his departure being widely expected, the late agreement over the deal for Coppinger prevented Dean Saunders from adding further players to his squad before the close of the window.
However, Saunders looks set to act quickly once the loan window reopens next week to bolster his ranks and confirmed he has several leads he is ready to pursue.
A long-expected move for Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Nicky Weaver failed to materialise.
Coppinger – Rovers’ longest serving player – initially travelled with his teammates to Yeovil Town on Friday afternoon but began discussing a switch to Forest while en route.
And deep into Friday evening he sealed a reunion with former Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll at the City Ground.
Also arriving at Forest on loan on deadline day was ex-Rovers striker Billy Sharp, just seven months after leaving the Keepmoat for Southampton.
The Coppinger saga was the longest running story of an eventful summer for Rovers with switches to Hull City, Leeds United and Ipswich Town all looking likely before fading.
The 31-year-old has made 341 appearances for Rovers since his arrival from Exeter City in 2004.
Striker Hume was told to find another club earlier this summer by Preston boss Graham Westley and was not handed a squad number as the campaign opened.
The 28-year-old forward ended his Deepdale nightmare by penning a deal with Rovers until January 1 after Saunders was granted extra funds by the board.
He will go straight into the squad to face Yeovil on Saturday.
Hume’s arrival adds some much-needed firepower to Dean Saunders’ striking ranks with Chris Brown and Billy Paynter the only recognised out-and-out senior strikers and both struggling with injury over the last week.
The Canada international started his career with Tranmere Rovers, netting 32 goals in 149 appearances before switching to Leicester City in 2005 for an initial £500,000.
After 33 goals in 132 appearances, Hume was snapped up by Barnsley for £1.2m.
His spell at Oakwell was blighted by a life-threatening head injury suffered in a clash with Sheffield United’s Chris Morgan.
Somewhat miraculously, Hume made his return to fitness nine months later.
He joined Preston in September 2010 and went on to score 22 goals in 60 appearances for North End.
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@liamhodenDFP Rovers fans, thoughts on the signing of Iain Hume?
Steve Kendrick @berksrover good signing imo, interested to see whether he’s a first choice pick, if so, whose place will he take and where will he play
Kieran O’Malley @KieranOMalley A good signing with Championship experience! Hopefully can score us some goals. Also like to see Tom Kennedy join us
Chirs Twell @ChrisNTwell saw him a few times in the championship against us, looked quality going forward, Saunders has done well
@liamhodenDFP Let me know your thoughts on Coppinger’s departure.
Leigh Emmerson @Lemmo1988 time to move on I think. Great guy great servant great player but for me too inconsistent #allthebestcopps
Phil Ross @philskyross1962 Fair play to him. Loyal servant and some hero moments – he played in the best team in my memory – back to 1968 #starman
Chris Donald @ChrisDonaldYeah Mixed emotions really. Gutted he’s gone as he’s a legend here but a good move financially and for our hopes of success.
Rich Colby @Rich_Colby Disappointed but probably for the best all round. Hope DS replaces him with funds freed from his wages. Good luck Copps!
The Oracle @NathRando Copps loan is a good move if it means we can bring in 2/3 players, plenty of talent down wings with Bennett and Cotts.
Joe Cheetham @JoeCheetham93 Been a fantastic servant for Rovers over the years. End of an era in someways (although he’s only on loan). True Rovers legend.
Shaun @shauny_DRFC this has deflated me more than any other departure. Talent, loyal, hard working and will go down as one of our greats.
Lee Miller @drfcmiller86 very disappointing we always seem to get walked all over with transfers regardless of who our manager is
WHAT WAS DONE ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE ONE?
- Sheffield United sold Stephen Quinn to Hull City and signed former Portsmouth striker Dave Kitson. The Blades also released Nick Montgomery who then moved to Australia with Central Coast Mariners.
- Stevenage snapped up strikers Dani Lopez and Patrick Agyemang on one year deals.
- Coventry City signed striker David McGoldrick from Nottingham Forest.
- Scunthorpe United striker Bobby Grant joined Rochdale on a two year deal.
- Michael O’Halloran joined Carlisle United on a one month loan from Bolton Wanderers.
- Swindon Town signed Swansea left back Federico Bessone on a six month loan and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Giles Coke on loan until January.
- Tranmere Rovers brought in Wigan defender Roman Golobart on a one month loan.
- Portsmouth snapped up free agent Johnny Ertl on a one-month contract while defender Sam Magri left Fratton Park for Queens Park Rangers.
- Crewe Alexandra sold Ashley Westwood to Aston Villa for a fee in the region of £2m.