Update on trialists at Doncaster Rovers

Darren Moore says he will reach the final decision over the fate of the trialists at Doncaster Rovers at a recruitment meeting on Tuesday.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 3:02 pm
Updated Monday, 7th September 2020, 5:39 pm
Darren Moore

Moore has been casting his eye over four trialists, including former Rovers club captain Andy Butler and ex-Rotherham United forward Julian Lamy.

With the League One campaign starting on Saturday, the Rovers boss said he did not want non-contracted players in training with the club this week.

And he intends to inform trialists of whether they will be handed contracts ahead of Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy clash with Bradford City, after he has met with talent identification manager Adam Henshall and chief executive Gavin Baldwin.

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Part of the discussions would involve where potential deals for trialists would impact upon the playing budget, whether extra funds could be freed up and how other targets would be affected.

The Free Press understands there is good will towards handing a deal to experienced centre half Butler, with the finances for that likely to come from outside Moore’s initial playing budget.

“Before the game tomorrow we’ve got a recruitment meeting and we’ll discuss the boys that we’ve had in then,” he said.

“The start of the season is upon us and we’re at the end of that timescale to get them in.

“It will be a joint, all-round effort from everyone over whether these players are for us.

“I’ve seen enough in terms of making my own mind up.

“But we have a procedure with Adam and Gavin where we have full all-round transparency over why we bring people into the building.

“That decision is made together.

“We’ll get together in the room and make those decisions so we’re clear as a football club.”

Aside from forward Lamy, Moore has also been assessing a 21-year-old holding midfielder who ended last season at a League Two club after departing a Championship side, plus a 20-year-old right back who departed a second tier side earlier this summer.

Both players featured in last week’s friendly against Manchester United U23s.

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