Rovers star focuses on fight to beat drop

Up for the battle: Jason Euell believes he can score the goals to keep Rovers up.         Picture: Steve Taylor
Up for the battle: Jason Euell believes he can score the goals to keep Rovers up. Picture: Steve Taylor
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JASON Euell is remaining tight-lipped over his long-term future at Doncaster Rovers.

The Jamaican international is set to stay at the Keepmoat Stadium until the end of the season after his loan deal was extended on Wednesday.

Questions have been raised over Euell’s future, with his contract due to expire at parent club Blackpool in the summer.

But despite his precarious situation, Euell insists his top priority is to help keep Rovers in the Championship.

Asked about making his move permanent, Euell said: “It has not even entered my mind at the moment.

“It is great to have had the loan extended. Now it is down to me to play well and help the team stay up.

“Whatever happens after that, we will discuss closer to the time.

“I just want to play games and help the side stay in the league.”

Predominantly a striker, Euell can also operate in midfield. Since joining Rovers, he has played up front, scoring one goal in four appearances.

Euell had gone 11 months and 12 matches without a goal before his strike in the 1-1 draw with Watford last month.

“I want to score more goals,” he admitted. “It is high on my agenda. The feeling of scoring again was great because I hadn’t done it for a while. Of course you want to score goals as a striker, but you want to get the points.

“It doesn’t matter to me who scores the goals. It is about the team and not myself.”

Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll drafted in Euell and Leicester City midfielder Franck Moussa, who will stay for another month, to ease the club’s crippling injury crisis.

Euell was brought in to provide cover for top-scorer Billy Sharp, who is sidelined for the rest of the campaign with a hernia problem. Sharp, the club’s record signing, had his hernia operation on Tuesday.

In Sharp’s absence, Euell hopes to revive the club’s fortunes. Currently, Rovers are nine points clear of the relegation zone in the wake of just two wins from their last 16 league games.

He said: “Every game is massive. We need to stand up and be counted for now. The international break can sometimes work for you or can work against you but hopefully it will benefit us.”

On the Rovers squad, Euell added: “The boys have welcomed me with open arms. I have enjoyed coming into training and working with them.”