Why Doncaster Rovers allowed Ian Lawlor to join Scunthorpe United on loan

Darren Moore believes it was the right move for all parties as goalkeeper Ian Lawlor joined Scunthorpe United on loan from Doncaster Rovers.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 5:43 pm

Lawlor has found game time hard to come by since losing the number one slot to Seny Dieng in September and is understood to have been keen to explore options which allowed him to play regularly.

Moore says the presence of a 24-hour recall clause in the deal means the loan to the League Two side is a comfortable one for him to sanction.

“It worked for us, it worked for Ian,” Moore said.

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“He goes across to Scunthorpe and hopefully he gets in the team and plays first team football.

“We felt it was a good fit for everybody that he’s playing first team football.

“It works for both clubs at this stage of the season.

“Should we need him for any reason we can call him back so it makes sense at this moment in time.”

Moore acknowledges the form of Queens Park Rangers loanee Dieng has made it difficult to hand Lawlor the game time he desires.

But he also says the growth of youth team graduate Louis Jones has ensured he is confident he has sufficient back-up, should anything unexpected happen to Dieng.

“Seny has done well,” Moore said. “He’s been consistently performing well and we like to think he’s been getting better.

“The emergence of young Louis Jones has played a part too.

“With Lawlor going and us having young Louis there, we feel under the stewardship and guidance of Paul Gerrard, who works them hard every single day, that Louis has come on leaps and bounds.

“He had the loan spell with Yeovil earlier in the season and we called him back. He;s been training with us since and doing well.

“So when the opportunity came up for Ian, we decided to send him off and we feel that Louis is developing really well.

“If things change, we’ve got the option to bring him back, which hopefully it doesn’t.”