New players Spurr us on

On the comeback trail: Tommy Spurr hopes to return in the New Year.       Picture: steve taylor
On the comeback trail: Tommy Spurr hopes to return in the New Year. Picture: steve taylor
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lONG-TERM injury victim Tommy Spurr has defended Doncaster Rovers controversial new transfer policy, stressing it has not created unrest at the Championship outfit.

Leading football agent Willie McKay is spearheading the club’s recruitment drive and has been instrumental behind the high-profile additions of Pascal Chimbonda, Herita Ilunga and El-Hadji Diouf.

Bawtry-based agent McKay is acting as a transfer consultant and is using his array of contacts and wealth of experience in the sport to help attract higher calibre players to the Keepmoat Stadium. The purpose of the pioneering scheme is to bring the international stars in on short-term deals and sell them on in the New Year at a profit with sell-on clauses.

With Rovers bidding to reduce a crippling wage bill of £8m a year, it is up to McKay to persuade the players to join Dean Saunders’ revolution on low paid contracts.

Although the Football Association have approved the policy, the move has infuriated some Rovers supporters, who view it as a temporary solution to their problems.

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Spurr, who is unlikely to make a first-team comeback until January after suffering a serious groin injury in September, is convinced the reinforcements significantly enhance the team’s prospects of staying in the second tier of English football.

He told The Star: “I think the players have embraced the new signings. They have welcomed them and not thought negative things.

“They are here to help us and as long as the team benefits from them signing then that can only be a good thing for the club.”

McKay has indicated Rovers will focus on developing their youth programme and look to start a reserve team in 2012 but he has reiterated the transfer policy is designed to help the club plot a route to safety this season.

Before the two-week international break, Rovers moved closer to 21st placed Watford following a fine 3-2 victory at Ipswich Town after goals from Diouf (2) and Billy Sharp.

Spurr has hailed the arrival of Senegalese international Diouf as a “big coup” for the team, saying: “It is great El-Hadji has come in to help us out of the situation we are in at the moment.

“The lads look up to him (Diouf) and it is a big coup for us getting him on board.”