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McSheffrey reflects on January transfer window

31 January 2022

A busy January transfer window for Rovers culminated with the signing of exciting striker Reo Griffiths on deadline day.

Gary McSheffrey began the window citing the need for patience and believes that the eight players through the door this month have made for a successful window for the club both in the long and short term.

“I think we’ve got some really good prospects in the building with a good attitude and good qualities,” he said.

“We said all along that we wouldn’t rush too much and we wouldn’t prioritise quantity over quality but I think we’ve got both. I think we’ve brought in some real quality, but we’ve also got a good amount of players in which give us good strength in depth.

“There’ve been a few hurdles and obstacles but we feel we’ve got some really good additions in and some good potential in terms of the future of the club with five permanent and we’ve brought in three loans who will come in and make an impact.

“It's been a strange time to come into management just before a transfer window, but I want to thank Graham [Younger], Frank [Sinclair] and James [Coppinger] for their support during the window and of course Terry [Brammall], David [Blunt] and Gavin [Baldwin] for enabling us to get the players in.” 

Griffiths became the eighth addition on Monday following Kieran Agard, Josh Martin, Jonathan Mitchell, Ollie Younger, Adam Clayton, Mipo Odubeko and Ben Jackson through the door.

The striker penned a two-and-a-half year deal after leaving French side Olympique Lyon.

“He’s a young English player who has gone abroad from a top team. He’s been abroad for a few years and now he wants to come back and make a name for himself in English football,” McSheffrey added.

“He’s a young, exciting, talented player and he knows where the net is. We want to give him the opportunity in English football to do that at senior level.

“He had options, but it was so refreshing to me that he was committed to us, wanted to get here and get the deal done and you can see that hunger in the way he’s trained.

“He’s fresh, he’s young, he’s hungry and you take those calculated risks over a player who might just be coming in for the sake of getting a team. He’s going to be a good option for us."

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