Doncaster Rovers: Duffy deal to be finalised

Mark Duffy is set to complete his long-mooted transfer to Rovers from Scunthorpe United.
Mark Duffy is set to complete his long-mooted transfer to Rovers from Scunthorpe United.

The long-running Mark Duffy to Rovers transfer saga is expected to be concluded before the weekend.

The Star understands Rovers have come to an agreement over a fee with Duffy’s current club Scunthorpe, believed to be a six-figure sum.

Discussions are on-going with Duffy’s representatives over personal terms but there is confidence the deal will be signed before this weekend’s friendly with Motherwell.

Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws has accused Rovers of ‘dragging their heels’ over the transfer.

But Laws believes almost all aspects have been agreed.

“They’re doing everything in a really slow way but I believe the medical has been done, personal terms have been agreed and we’re just waiting for the paperwork to come across,” Laws said.

“Everything’s been agreed, so there are no issues, no reasons for it to fall through.

“Doncaster have just been dragging their heels a wee bit.

“It’s been a really slow process and the player’s been a bit agitated by it, and so have we.”

The 27-year-old winger was an interested spectator for Rovers’ friendly win at Rossington Main on Tuesday night.

Duffy sat alongside Harry Forrester who continues to train with Rovers despite no agreement being reached over a compensation package for his former club Brentford.

And it looks likely both Duffy and Forrester will be joining the rest of the Rovers squad in jetting off to Portugal on Monday for a pre-season training camp.

With no friendly match scheduled until the July 27 trip to Bradford City, Paul Dickov has opted to take his side abroad for a week to continue their pre-season preparations.

No public friendlies are planned against local opposition during the week but the club hope to line up practice matches behind closed doors during the week.

Long serving goalkeeper Neil Sullivan has left Rovers, chairman John Ryan confirmed to the Star.

The 43-year-old was offered a new deal but is exploring a future elsewhere.

“Neil has been a fantastic servant for this club,” Ryan said. “He’s been involved in some wonderful moments over the years. We wish him all the best for his future.”