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July 22, 2017
Keegan joins Waterford
Rovers midfielder Paul Keegan has joined Irish league leaders Waterford FC, with international clearance being received in time for him to make his debut for them last Saturday against Longford Town. He made an instant impact for his new club, scoring on his debut.
Keegan was released by Doncaster Rovers at the end of lasts season, and it was reported earlier in the summer that he was intending on moving back to his homeland after a six year stay in South Yorkshire.
After completing his transfer, Keegan told their official club web site: "I’m looking forward to being back in Ireland, playing games and helping to contribute to the team continuing to win games and ultimately the league title. The challenge of Waterford excites me. Waterford are in a great position at the minute, sitting top of the table and looking to add a few players to make sure they keep winning games and keep doing well."
He added: "I knew in signing for Waterford and for Pat that everything would be done right. He’s very meticulous in his organisation and he has formed a very good coaching team at the club. Obviously the contact with Pat and my relationship with him at Bohemians previously helps. Now I’m ready to go. I’ve been training individually and trying to keep myself as fit as possible but the past week of training with Waterford and the lads has really sharpened me up so now I’m just looking forward to playing games and getting back into the swing of things on the pitch."
Before moving to Rovers, the midfielder played for Irish clubs Drogheda United and Bohemians.
July 22, 2017
Baudry out for three months
Rovers defender Mathieu Baudry has been ruled out for three months after suffering a stress fracture in his ankle, meaning he will miss the start of the season for the second successive year.
He missed the end of last season after having surgery on an Achilles injury, and although the new injury is not related to that, it is still a blow for the player.
Boss Darren Ferguson explained to the Doncaster Star: "He's gone for a scan and he's got a stress fracture. He'll be out for three months. It's a bit of deja vu from last season."
"He felt a different pain to the one he had for the operation. He felt it for the last couple of days in Scotland. We went for the scan. He will be definitely two months, probably three. It's the same area but a different injury. It's a real blow for Baudry because he missed this stage last year. He brings a different aspect to our play."
With Luke McCullough also set to miss the start of the season, Ferguson will now look at bringing in defensive cover and hopes to have someone joining in training next week.
July 22, 2017
Finally, Marquis agrees new contract
Last season's top scorer, John Marquis, has signed a new three year deal with Doncaster Rovers, which means he will remain with the club until the summer of 2020. He had been attracting attention from other clubs as he entered the final year of his previous deal, with Rovers keen to retain his services to bolster their upcoming League One campaign.
Marquis had previously said that he had enjoyed working with Darren Ferguson and wanted to stay, but even so, negotiations took a long time before the new deal was signed.
The Rovers boss commented: "I’m delighted to finally get it done, I was always confident that it would be and I’m pleased for him as well as it settles him down and gives him some security. He’s a massive player for us, its good news for us as a club and it’s come at a good time. It could possibly be the biggest signing of the summer for us. When I spoke to John, he made it clear that he wanted to stay and there were no doubts from either side that we wanted to get the deal done."
Marquis added: "For me I always wanted to stay and like I said a lot last season, my football has come along way with working with the gaffer and his staff. I am very happy to get the deal done, it has taken a little bit longer than I would have liked over the summer, with myself, my agent and the gaffer being away on holiday. It's done now and I am really excited about the challenges over the next few years ahead, I feel like this club is going places and I want to be a part of that moving forward."
July 22, 2017
Johnstone goes to Villa
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has returned to Aston Villa in a season-long loan deal from Manchester United. There had been numerous news reports since the end of last season as to his destination for the coming season, as though he is highly rated by Manchester United, there is little prospect of him breaking into the first team.
Up to a dozen other clubs had been linked with the player, but a return to Villa Park was always the favourite, with boss Steve Bruce strengthening the Villa squad during the summer in a bid to regain Premier League status.
Johnstone told Villa's web site: "I am delighted to be back. I really enjoyed my last spell here – it’s a great club with top players and passionate fans. I can’t wait to get started now. I believe it can be a special season for all of us and I will be working hard each and every day to produce the kind of performances that will help us achieve what we’re aiming for."
July 22, 2017
New injury set back for McCullough
Luke McCullough faces another lengthy absence from action after suffering a knee injury. He missed much of last season due to knee ligament damage sustained during a pre-season against York City, but appeared to return fully recovered for the last few games of the season.
However, as Darren Ferguson revealed to the Doncaster Star, Luke then had a set-back since the end of the season. He told them: "Luke definitely won’t make the start of the season. He had a scan and he’s got a problem with his knee. We got the results of the scan just before the Armthorpe game. It’s a real disappointing one for us and we don’t know exactly how long it will be, but it’s not going to be short. It’s a blow for everyone but more so for the boy obviously."
He added: "He came back so strong (last season) from that big injury, went away with Northern Ireland, had the problem, went in and got that opened up and cleaned out but now he’s got another problem. It’s disappointing for the boy and everyone because he’s a big player for us."
While there is the potential for Jordan Houghton to be returning to play in a similar position to McCullough, Ferguson could bring in defensive cover with Mathieu Baudry also out for up to three months. Craig Alcock has also missed training with an ankle injury, but that is not deemed serious and he could well be back in action soon.