DONCASTER Rovers assistant manager Richard O’Kelly has hailed the contribution of loan duo Franck Moussa and Jason Euell.
Both players have become influential figures at the Keepmoat Stadium since arriving on a temporary basis from Leicester City and Blackpool respectively.
Following a series of impressive performances, it was no surprise Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll opted to extend their loan deals last week. Talented midfielder Moussa is set to depart after the Yorkshire derby with Hull City on April 16 while the club have tied down Euell until the end of the season.
Run out opportunities have been at a premium fror Moussa and Euell at their parent clubs and O’Kelly concedes it was a “bit of a gamble” bringing them in.
“Jason has not played much this year and Franck had been making cameo appearances off the bench for Leicester so it was a bit of a gamble,” admitted O’Kelly.
“But they have come in and done really well.
“Jason has come in and used all his experience. He has some great qualities and that’s not just his ability on the football pitch.
“He has got leadership qualities and he motivates people around him. I think Franck’s performances have exceeded all expectations.
“We would like to see more end product from him but we are pleased to keep him for another month.
“He gets into some good positions and he just needs to start showing a little bit more composure in the final third.
Euell came off the bench late on against Championship league leaders Queens Park Rangers nine days ago. A knee injury had kept the experienced striker on the sidelines for the fixtures with Derby County, Leeds United, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest.
O’Driscoll could recall Euell to the starting 11 when Rovers head to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City after the international break.
The forward is out of contract in the summer at Bloomfield Road and he is unlikely to be retained if the Seasiders maintain their Premier League status.
On the possibility of making the Jamaican international’s move permanent, O’Kelly said: “It is too early to talk about it. Jason is still a Blackpool player and, as far as I know, there haven’t been any plans for him to leave Blackpool.
“He wanted to come here in the first place because he likes the way we play and he saw it as an opportunity to get his name out there again.
“In the time he has been with us, I’m sure he will pleased that he has caught the eye of a number of clubs again.”