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Whiteman returns to Blades

4 January 2018

Ben Whiteman feels his loan move at Rovers has really helped his development as a player, after returning to parent club Sheffield United.

The midfielder has made 30 appearances, scoring seven goals, since his summer move to the Keepmoat Stadium, with the Blades opting not to extend his loan due to injury problems at Bramall Lane.

Whiteman said: “It has been really good to play regularly, it is a step up from League Two and I feel I have done ok.

“League Two is a bit more physical, but it has been a real learning curve and I have loved my time with Rovers.”

Whiteman’s last act in a Rovers shirt was to score the equalising goal at Peterborough United on New Year’s Day.

He added: “It is nice to be leaving on a high and with the team doing well and I would be happy to come back. 

“I was fully expecting to stay here for the season so am a bit sad to be leaving - I’ve loved it and can’t thank the fans, players, manager and staff enough.”

Manager Darren Ferguson is hoping that Whiteman could be back in a Rovers shirt soon.

He said: “The lad has been called back at short notice due to injury problems, after we had already agreed to extend the loan.

“Hopefully this is a short-term measure and we can resurrect a deal before the window closes, though we will of course now look at all our options.”

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