Why Charlie Seaman is unable to play for Doncaster Rovers

Charlie Seaman and Lirak Hasani are blocked from representing Doncaster Rovers for the rest of the season due to the details of their now-ended loan deals.

Both players returned to Rovers in February after the cancellation of the remainder of the seasons in the National League’s North and South divisions.

Academy product Hasani was on loan in the National League North with Gateshead while Seaman - who joined Rovers last summer - was with Maidstone United in the South division.

Though their loan spells have officially ended through circumstances beyond the control of all parties, details within EFL loan regulations have effectively left the pair in limbo until the end of the campaign.

Charlie Seaman

Regulation 55.1.3 states: “An early recall will be accepted if all three parties agree. The Player would not be eligible to play any First team football for the parent Club for the remainder of the season.”

Seaman would have been in line to possibly make his senior debut for Rovers in Monday’s defeat at Bristol Rovers, had he been available for selection.

Fellow right back Brad Halliday suffered a back injury which ruled him out and forced boss Andy Butler to play Branden Horton out of position in the role.

Seaman’s situation is a perilous one, having signed a one-year deal when he joined the club in September and immediately being loaned out to Maidstone.

With no competitive football to play over the final three months of the campaign, the 21-year-old is only able to stake a claim for a contract extension in training.

Both players continue to be involved in first team training with Rovers.


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