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Club turns attentions to recruitment for 2020/21 season

7 July 2020

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Rovers talent identification manager Adam Henshall believes that all football clubs will face their toughest transfer window to date but says Rovers have a good plan in place for when the window opens.

Henshall had been on furlough but came back to work on July 1 as the club turns its attention to recruitment for the 2020/21 season.

“The club was right to put me in furlough because we haven’t been able to recruit anyone or bring anyone in until we know when the next game is. Hopefully we’ll get answers to that as soon as possible so we can start to recruit the players that we’ve identified over the last year,” he said.

“I had a good meeting with Darren Moore and Gavin Baldwin on Wednesday and they got me back up to speed with everything that has been going on over the last nine weeks.

“We spent a good three hours together talking about where we are with things, looking at what we’re trying to do next season and how we’re going to do the best we can with the budget we’ve got.

“From there, we’ve developed a strategy that we’re going to go with which outlines how we're going to get the best 11 possible out there for Darren to use.”

With all EFL clubs being hit financially by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, clubs including Rovers are having to make difficult decisions and ensure resources are used as effectively as possible which Henshall believes makes the loan market crucial.

“The way to maximise the budget at this level is always going to be through the loan system,” added Henshall.

“Nothing changes the philosophy in terms of how we want to play and what we want to be as a club - what makes a Doncaster Rovers player doesn’t change - but things will be slightly harder because more teams are going to have to access the same routes to get players. You might have more teams utilising loans which creates more competition for those talents.

“We’re very fortunate because Gavin has been at the club a long time and he’s developed contacts that are going be essential in taking loan players on from bigger football clubs.

“Darren has been building the reputation of bringing young players through which is going to help us with regards to recruiting loans and with my previous football club, taking advantage of the loan market was a specific strategy of ours, so between the three of us, we’ve got good experience of bringing in loans.

“It’s about making sure we recruit the players to give Darren the right tools and hopefully we can piece together the team that gets us to where we want to be.”

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