Doncaster Rovers: Grant adds more balance - Ferguson

Conor Grant
Conor Grant

Darren Ferguson hopes new loan signing Conor Grant can give more balance to his team.

But the Scot says balancing his lopsided squad will be more of a gradual process.

Midfielder Grant, 20, joined on a month’s loan from Everton yesterday and is likely to go straight into the squad to face Colchester United tomorrow.

After stating that his squad lacked defenders, it had been expected that Ferguson’s first foray into the loan market would be to bolster his rearguard.

But the arrival of Grant - a left-footer who is comfortable on the left side of a midfield three or midfield diamond - adds to the Scot’s options further up the pitch ahead of his first home game in charge of Rovers.

And Ferguson is confident his new recruit will fit straight in.

“He’s a good footballer this boy,” Ferguson said.

“He’s got a lovely left foot on him so he gives you good balance in the team.

“He’ll understand straight away how we want to play because we try and play a similar way as Everton do in terms of between the lines and the thirds of the pitch.

“He’s more a central midfielder, very good on the ball, composed.”

Ferguson said it was ‘no more than a possibility’ that he might add a defender to his squad in time to face United.

He said: “I feel the squad is slightly unbalanced. I’ve got a lot of midfielders and attackers, and not so many defenders.

“In time I think I’ll need to balance it out a little bit.

“It’s something I’ve got to monitor.”

Rob Jones and Oscar Gobern have picked up knocks in training this week, while Richard Chaplow is struggling with tendonitis in his achilles.

Keshi Anderson is hoping to take part in training today, while Curtis Main is closer to a return after struggling with a back injury.