When we can expect to see the new signings starting for Doncaster Rovers

Darren Moore is confident he will be able to quickly call upon his quartet of new signings to start matches for Doncaster Rovers.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 11:22 am

Moore has so far resisted any temptation to throw any of Rovers’ available new faces into his starting XI, though Devante Cole and Fejiri Okenabirhie have both made cameos off the bench.

But he hopes those two plus deadline day signings Jacob Ramsey and Jason Lokilo will be available for longer spells inside the next week.

“We want them to get a lift,” Moore said.

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Fejiri Okenabirhie. Picture: Howard Roe
Fejiri Okenabirhie. Picture: Howard Roe

“Devante and Fej - both of them have not really played since December so we’ve got to blow the cobwebs off them and find their feet.

“Jacob is good to go and we’ll see what condition Loky [Lokilo] is in on Monday when we get to see him.

“We’ll make our judgement from there.

“I hope the Doncaster Rovers fans will get a little taste of why we’ve brought them here and see what they can bring to the team going forward.

“The big thing for all of those players that have come here is quickly we get some volume of training into them and the intensity of how we train.

“They’ve come in this week and I wanted them to see how we train, how we work.

“But certainly moving on from Tuesday onwards, all of them should have an expectancy that if we need to draw on them to start a game they’re ready to start.”

Lokilo signed late on deadline day and will meet with the Rovers squad for the first time on Monday, ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Tranmere.

Ramsey was named on the bench for Saturday's defeat at Fleetwood alongside Cole and Okenabirhie.

Moore is keen for the quartet to be drilled in his ways both in matches and on the training ground.

With Rovers having midweek matches for the next fortnight, he admits it will be difficult to get the new faces up to speed quickly and is looking forward to blank weeks towards the end of the month when he can get to work with them in earnest.

“We feel pleased with the work that we’ve done in this transfer window,” he said. “We’ve got four good bodies in that have added to the squad and given the squad a different dimension.

“It was important that we get that versatility in attacking positions.

“As we come to games we’ll see fit in terms of who goes up there.

“The thing is for me and the staff now is quickly integrating those players into our style of play and the system, and the messages the players have had all season.

“That is what we’ve got to get into them over the next couple of weeks.

“How much work we can get into them, we’ll wait and see because we’ve got Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday and it’s only after then where we get two weeks to get some work into them.

“Up until then we’ll claw and take what we can out of them and put it into games.”