Rovers: Players want to come to see us, says Saunders

Staying put: El Hadji Diouf is likely to sign for another 18 months.
Staying put: El Hadji Diouf is likely to sign for another 18 months.
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DONCASTER Rovers manager Dean Saunders says that the club’s transfer policy is provoking interest among players who now want to come to the club.

The five signings in the current squad are set to be joined by others at the start of January with midfielder Damien Plessis, once of Liverpool, joining and likely to be followed by strikers Mamadou Bagayoko and Habib Bamogo.

“Lots of people are wanting to join us,” says Saunders.

“People are seeing the type of player we’ve got here - players like El Hadji Diouf, Habib Beye, Herita Ilunga, Pascal Chimbonda, Herold Goulon - and they’re thinking ‘I’ll have some of that’.”

Any signings are not free to play in the Christmas games at Burnley on Monday or at Watford next Saturday but they would be available for the home game against Barnsley on January 2.

In addition, talks have continued successfully with El Hadji Diouf over him extending his stay for a further 18 months, a deal set to be finalised shortly.

Rovers head for Burnley on Monday hoping to cash in on the Lancashire side’s indifferent home form.

Clarets boss Eddie Howe admist that they need to improve it.

“We’re desperate to do better at home,” said Howe.

“For whatever reason, it hasn’t quite got going,” he added of a home record that has seen three wins in 11 home games.

“I don’t think the performances have been too bad but it’s about results.

“We need to make sure we go into home games thinking we are going to win.”

His skipper, midfielder Chris McCann, also acknowledges the difficulties they have experienced in front of their own fans.

“We have been inconsistent at home and we need to sort that out.”

Meanwhile, Saunders will look for more of the sort of understanding that brought the Billy Sharp goal from his volley against Leicester.

“Brian (Stock) knew where Billy was and Billy knew where Brian was going to put the ball. It’s the sort of thing we’ve worked on for when the ball goes to a certain place,” said Saunders.