DONCASTER Rovers boss Dean Saunders hopes to have several new faces in his squad in tomorrow night’s friendly against Hull City at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Saunders said after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at the Keepmoat Stadium that he hoped to bring in “three or four” players in the next few days, but declined to comment on reports linking him with Leeds United’s transfer-listed striker Billy Paynter and Sheffield Wednesday centre-back Rob Jones.
“I’ve had a couple of deals go pear-shaped on us so I don’t want to build up any hopes,” he said. “Once I’ve their signatures on a piece of paper then I’ll announce it.”
Saunders, who said he was “99 per cent” certain that defender George Friend would be joining Middlesbrough, probably today, now has the resources to bring players in.
“With Habib Beye already left and George set to go it has given me a bit of slack,” said Saunders.
He admits that he has found the summer frustrating and again claimed that he had missed out on over a dozen players he had targeted. “You always worry (in such circumstances) that you are going to end up with players nobody wants,” he said “But players are starting to come on to the market now who we didn’t know were available. Some of the other teams have already spent their money so sometimes you can pick up a bargain.”
Saunders took a look at former Cardiff City defender Paul Quinn in Saturday’s game.
“He struggled a bit early on but once he got to grips with the pace of the game I thought he did well,” he said.
“Especially considering that that he had an 18 year-old inside of him, and a left-back at the side of him,
“It was a really makeshift back-four and it was nowhere near the line-up which will start the season.”
Saunders said the fact that he had been unable to work with what will be his regular back-four, or work on the shape of the team, had made much of pre-season to date a waste of time.
“I knew that was going to happen but today is the day we start building (a side) not dismantling one.”