A case for the defence

Possible target: Tommy Spurr
Possible target: Tommy Spurr
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DONCASTER Rovers hope to bring in a couple of defenders before the end of next week.

Rovers are giving little away about their two targets but they are known to be looking at a left-back after successfully converting former Wolves’ defender George Friend to a centre-back last season.

Rovers have been linked with Sheffield Wednesday’s Tommy Spurr and chairman John Ryan admitted this week that the Owls left-back ‘may be’ one of their targets.

Rovers are also thought to be keeping an eye on the situation at promoted Southampton, where Joe Mills still has a year left on his contract.

Mills, who found it hard to break into the Saints team, spent two successful loan spells at the South Yorkshire club last season, during which time he impressed the Rovers’ management.

Having released Wayne Thomas and Byron Webster, Rovers are also looking to bring in a centre-back.

“We are looking to bring in five or six new players but the main priority at the moment is defenders,” said Ryan. “We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire but nothing definite yet.

“We’ve identified the players we’d like and we are hopeful but you never know with players. We’ve mainly spoken to the player’s agents.

“But other clubs are also interested in them and it’s what I call the silly season.

“We are trying to get a couple of the deals, notably the defenders, sorted out early on.

Ryan said that Ipswich’s capture of striker Michael Chopra wouldn’t have any affect on Billy Sharp’s situation at the club.

“They wouldn’t have come back in for Billy anyway,” he said. “Billy didn’t want to go to Ipswich.”

Ryan is hopeful that veteran keeper Neil Sullivan will sign a new contract in the near future.

“I’ve had a chat with Neil and hopefully he’ll sign,” he said.

“I’m not sure about the others. I think Sam Hird will see what he can first, but hopefully he’ll sign . I think we’ve offered James Chambers a reduced deal until he gets fit.”