Loans or permanent deals? For this season or the future? What are Darren Moore’s priorities for Doncaster Rovers’ January business?

Darren Moore insists he is looking to the long term as he continues his hunt for new additions for Doncaster Rovers in the January window - and he believes that loan signings can be a part of that.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 5:00 pm

And he suggested that even a long term loan through this season and next could be a possibility.

Moore faces the question of whether to prioritise seeing Rovers through the remainder of the season and building on the promising first half of the campaign, or looking to bolster a small squad with the future in mind.

The Rovers boss insists he can do both, with loan signings working on both fronts.

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“We’re looking at the moment with both, and in all areas of the team,” Moore told the Free Press.

“There’s been a lot of talk about us focusing on the front end of the pitch. I’d just say it’s all over.

“We’re looking at possibilities of improving the team and possibilities of succession planning.

“You will hear everyone is looking short-sighted now. But there is now and also longer sighted because of the succession planning.

“If someone else becomes available and we can make that possible on a permanent and it is right for the football club, then we’ll do it.

“It’s really important that the succession and the continuity of the club is maintained, certainly on the football field and it is off the field.

“One player can tick those two boxes, whether it’s for now or the future.

“There is the possibility of doing a loan as a short term fix but you can also do a loan for the rest of the season and the whole of the next one should it work out.

“That stands as well because a permanent player can be now and the foreseeable future for the club if they become available.”

Moore says the hard work of assessing potential targets continues as he looks to the long term, though many have already been identified for this month’s business.

He said: “That is what we’ve been working extremely hard for since we came in.

“It takes time, watching games, the contacts, the phonecalls, the contacts with agents and advisors. There is such a backlog of data that you need to do a lot of research work on players to get the right ones in.

“It’s got to be the right fit for us. Any player that comes here at Doncaster Rovers we want to make work. So you try to do as much as you can in trying to spot and identify them.

“Any player that you bring to a club is a risk because there are so many different parameters with it, but you try to find the right one.

“That’s exactly what we’ve been trying to do here.

“I know the transfer window is open and there’s a lot of speculation about us and everyone else about that we can’t stop.

“My role is we’d like to try to bring some in, we’d like to try to bring the right ones in and we are working extremely hard.”