Doncaster Rovers: Bennett and Syers set for prolonged loan stints

Kyle Bennett
Kyle Bennett

Kyle Bennett will remain at Crawley Town beyond an initial month, Paul Dickov has hinted.

The 23-year-old winger joined the League One outfit on Friday and played the full ninety minutes for Town in their 2-0 defeat to Stevenage at the weekend.

Rovers rejected an approach from Notts County for Bennett earlier in the season.

But with James Coppinger, Mark Duffy and David Cotterill all ahead of the former Bury wideman in the pecking order, Dickov last week granted permission for Bennett to make the move to the Broadfield Stadium.

And Rovers’ boss has hinted that he will remain at Crawley for the rest of the year.

“Kyle needs to get games and play regularly,” Dickov said.

“Obviously with the wide players we’ve got here, he was finding it difficult to get in.

“He’s gone there for four weeks with a view to extending it until January.

“Hopefully he’ll come back with about 15 games under his belt, and then come back here flying.”

Meanwhile, Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws will speak to Dickov this week about extending David Syers’ loan spell at Glanford Park.

The 25-year-old’s initial four-week loan stint with the Iron comes to an end after their League Two game at Chesterfield on Saturday.

Prior to last night’s trip to York, Syers had started each of Scunthorpe’s four games since departing on loan, three of which resulted in wins.

“We’d like to extend it and that is something we will try to do,” Laws said earlier this week.

“We’ll speak to Doncaster because we’d like it to progress, but we’ll have to wait and see.

“I’m sure Doncaster will be okay with it and that David will be the same.”

One player possibly moving in the other direction is former Sunderland academy prospect Nathan Thomas, although the teenager is still to convince Dickov he is worthy of a contract.

Left-footed winger Thomas, who can play on either side, was substituted after 52 minutes of Rovers’ reserve game at Rotherham on Monday.

Doncaster lost 3-0 to their South Yorkshire rivals to continue their mixed form following their return to the Central League. Billy Paynter hit the bar with a penalty.