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Houghton confident

9 December 2016

Midfielder returns to former club on Saturday

After scoring his first Rovers goal in the win against Leyton Orient, Rovers’ maestro Jordan Houghton has set his sights on developing even further throughout the rest of his loan spell with the club.

The Chelsea loanee has been a virtual ever present in Darren Ferguson’s starting eleven this season, and, with his loan spell running out in January, the midfielder indicated that he’s keen to extend his stay at the Keepmoat.

He said: “We’re getting closer to hopefully extending my loan here, within the next week or so everything should be sorted.

"I’ve tried to forget about it and carry on playing. When there are phone calls going back and forth it can be a bit annoying but I try not to dwell on it.”

Rovers went to the top of the league after last week’s victory at Stevenage, and Houghton is in no doubt that they have the ability to stay there.

He continued: “We’re top of the league and playing some good football. I think we’ve got the quality in both the coaching and playing staff to still be up there come the end of the season.”

Houghton is now at his third loan club, having also had spells with Gillingham and Plymouth – who are Saturday’s opponents and currently sit just one point behind Rovers in the Sky Bet League Two standings. 

Despite looking back on his time at Home Park very fondly, there are no questions as to where his loyalties lie ahead of the game this weekend.

He said: “We were unlucky to not get promotion there last season. I enjoyed my time there but it’s another game for me and as soon as the whistle goes all that goes out the window.”.

Having been nominated for the player of the month award for November, the holding midfielder was keen to deflect the praise onto the rest of his team-mates.
 
He continued: “It’s nice to get the recognition, I was very surprised but it shows I’m obviously doing something right with the help of the rest of the team.”

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