Doncaster Rovers: Duffy deal definitely done

Mark Duffy on his Rovers debut in the friendly against Motherwell
Mark Duffy on his Rovers debut in the friendly against Motherwell

Mark Duffy’s protracted switch from Scunthorpe is finally complete after the winger penned a three-year deal with Rovers.

Scunthorpe agreed to allow the 27-year-old to feature for Rovers today despite a delay in paperwork ensuring the transfer was not completed this morning as expected.

But the deal was finally wrapped up on Saturday evening with Duffy arriving for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the low six figures.

It brings to an end a drawn out switch which saw several false finishes and premature revelations.

Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws revealed against Rovers’ wishes that an initial bid had been turned down.

And Iron chairman Peter Swann last week said a bid from Rovers had been accepted which his Rovers counterpart John Ryan declared premature.

But it quickly became clear the two clubs were close to an agreement with Duffy having a medical late this week and only personal terms needing to be agreed upon.

His signing for Rovers continues a story-book rise from non-league to the Championship.

Duffy played for Vauxhall Motors, Prescot Cables and Southport before signing for Morecambe in 2009.

He switched to Scunthorpe in 2011 when Iron were in the Championship.

Despite Scunthorpe’s relegation last season, Duffy finished second in the League One assists standings behind new Rovers team mate David Cotterill.

Duffy played the final 30 minutes of Rovers’ 0-0 draw with SPL runners-up Motherwell on Saturday and impressed showing a decent touch, burst of pace and several well-placed crosses.

He will join Rovers on the pre-season training trip to Portugal on Monday.