Doncaster Rovers: '˜We feel like we've found a good position for him' - Ferguson on McCullough

Darren Ferguson has given the clearest indication yet that he sees the midfield holding role as Luke McCullough's best position.

Thursday, 28th July 2016, 06:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 17:09 pm
Luke McCullough

McCullough became the latest victim of Rovers’ pre-season injury curse at York City on Tuesday night and is now struggling to be fit for the start of the new season.

And Ferguson has admitted that the Northern Ireland international will be a big miss if he faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

“He’s a pivotal player for us. He's just signed his new contract and he's definitely going to be a big player for us,” said Ferguson.

“I'm delighted [he's signed it] because he was excellent in stages [last season].

“We’ve feel like we’ve found a good position for him sitting in front of the back four. He protects the centre halves and he reads the game well.

“So I was keen to get that done because obviously he’s out of contract next summer.

“He’s got confidence now and a real belief that he can play in that position. He gives us a really good physical strength in there.

“It’s probably one that I really didn’t want, an injury to him, because of what he brings to the team. But we’ll just have to get on with it.”

n Tickets for tomorrow night’s friendly against Coventry City (7.30pm) at Nuneaton Town’s Liberty Way ground can only be bought on the night.

They are priced £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £3 for under-16s.

n Rovers have been drawn against Derby County, Port Vale and Mansfield Town in Northern Group E of the revamped EFL Trophy.

They will be away to Mansfield during the week commencing August 29 and home to Derby (w/c October 3) and Port Vale (w/c November 7).