ROVERS have eased their personnel crisis with the signing of right back Paul Quinn.
But it appears increasingly unlikely Dean Saunders will be able to add the four or five players he still craves before Saturday’s curtain-raiser against York City in the Capital One Cup.
Midfielder Brian Stock was expected to depart Rovers this week, with Burnley his likely destination.
But a hold-up in that deal has left Saunders in the all too familiar position of being unable to carry out the business he would like to.
Saunders said he would be disappointed if there were no additions made before Saturday but admitted he is highly unlikely to have a full strength side for the visit of York.
Negotiations with new arrival Quinn have been protracted but Saunders is delighted to have eased his defensive woes when the former Cardiff man pens a one year deal.
“He’s a seven out of ten player and he’s experienced, he knows the position,” Saunders said.
“Obviously we’ve lost Jimmy O’Connor and we’ve got no other right backs.”
Saunders has also received a boost with the news that recent signing Rob Jones will be fit for Saturday.
Tommy Spurr looks set to continue to fill in at centre back until new signings can be made.
Despite the lack of first team players at his disposal, Saunders expects victory over York.
He said: “I’m expecting us to go out there and win.
“We’ve played three Championship teams in pre-season and done well against all of them.
“It won’t be easy against York, they’re a good team and I think they’ll sit back and play on the break.
“But if we can add to what we’ve got we’ll be all right.”
Saunders once again ran the rule over trialists James Harper, Karl Hawley and Amari Morgan-Smith in a poor 4-0 defeat at Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday night.
The trio were joined in a largely youthful side by new trialists Eddie Nolan and Callum Bennett.
Senegalese duo Bedsente Gomis and Babacai Diame were introduced in the second half and also played part of a friendly between Rovers U19 and Denaby United on Monday.
Saunders was asked to take a look at the two and took advantage of the offer as he was short of bodies for the Gainsborough trip.