Doncaster Rovers: Alcock could get extended stay

Craig Alcock
Craig Alcock

Craig Alcock could be set to stay at Doncaster Rovers beyond his initial 28 day loan, The Star understands.

The versatile defender arrived at the Keepmoat yesterday from Sheffield United as part of a loan deal running until December 7.

But with his playing time at Bramall Lane limited, the Blades are understood to be open to the idea of Alcock extending his stay.

The 27-year-old suffered a rib injury when Rovers met United in September – his only start of the season – in the incident which led to a red card for Gary MacKenzie.

He has not featured for Nigel Adkins’ side since and is struggling to force his way into the starting XI.

Blades boss Adkins said: “Craig’s contract is up here at the end of the season and so he needs to be playing games. He’s going there for a month and then we’ll decide what happens after that.

“It would be wrong to read too much or anything into this but we aren’t ruling anything in or out.”

Full backs Kieran Wallace and Kieron Freeman have both been in excellent form for United in recent weeks while John Brayford and Bob Harris are both closing in on returns from injury.

Adkins has been keen to send players out on loan whose game time he knows will be limited.

The move to Rovers sees Alcock reunited with boss Darren Ferguson, who he worked under at Peterborough United.

Ferguson signed Alcock for Posh in 2011 and was keen to retain his services three years later was he rejected a new deal to join the Blades.

Alcock explained Ferguson’s presence was a major reason why he joined Rovers.

“I know the gaffer and the way he works and that was a big appeal to me,” he told Rovers’ official site.

“That side of it was easy because I know what I’m coming in to. I’ve trained and they seem a good bunch of lads so I’m excited. “

Alcock can play anywhere across the back line. Primarily a right back, his appearances for United this season have come on the left and he has also featured in central defence.

He added: “With the situation being as it and cover needed in defence, I’m hoping that I can provide that and we can kick on.

“We’ll see how it goes, but hopefully I can come here and do well and help us improve which is the main thing.”

“I was unfortunate in the last game that I played I got injured and I’ve only literally just got back from that so its been a case of getting out and getting some games and I’ve been fortunate enough that I’ve been able to come here and its something I’m delighted about.

“Hopefully I can fit in any system, that is the main aim.

“All being well I’m looking forward to Saturday and looking to go out there and get the win.”

Alcock could make his debut for Rovers at Blackpool on Saturday.