DONCASTER ROVERS’ manager Darren Ferguson has confirmed that the club are attempting to extend the loans of Conor Grant, Craig Alcock and Felipe Mattioni to early in the new year.
The trio have helped contribute to Rovers’ encouraging recent renaissance, although Everton defender Mattioni will miss this afternoon’s game with lowly Crewe Alexandra due to a muscle injury.
Mattioni’s fellow Toffees team-mate Grant has, in particular, proved a real force in the middle of the park alongside Harry Middleton since joining Rovers from the top-flight outfit in October.
Grant, 20, who scored on his debut against Colchester United with a cracking strike, recently saw his loan extended at the Keepmoat Stadium for another month and he will remain at the Keepmoat until at least January 2.
Sheffield United defender Alcock, who played under Ferguson during his time at Peterborough, has also signed for another month, with Rovers’ chief keen to extend their time at the club further – before concentrating on other pieces of January shopping.
Ferguson confirmed: “We will be looking to extend the loans in the new year first and foremost.
“We will look at bringing others in thereafter.”
Rovers head into today’s game on the back of a run of just one defeat in seven matches.
The club were afforded a further boost this week by way of an attractive looking FA Cup third-round home tie with Premier League Stoke City.
The availability of Nathan Tyson, Richard Chaplow and Curtis Main has also added to the sense of well-being, with Ferguson admitting the club’s fortunes are starting to pick up considerably.
He said: “There is a feel good factor around the place and a real buzz. We are on a very good run; let’s hope that continues.
“We have battled well recently, we are stronger mentally. But we won’t get carried away, things can change a lot over Christmas. We are prepared.”
Rovers have announced a cut-price ticket policy for the new year cup tie with Stoke, with adults able to purchase tickets for £15 for the first clash against Stoke since 1960.
Rovers’ chief executive Gavin Baldwin said: “As a gesture of goodwill to both sets of supporters, Stoke and ourselves have agreed to offer our fans the chance to watch the game for just £15.
“It is an expensive time of year for everyone, so this is our late Christmas and Happy New Year present from us both.”