Permanent defensive signature on the Rovers summer transfer program

Tony Mowbray says the Rovers will be looking for permanent additions in defense this summer – but believes the club have already made a great addition.

Harry Pickering signed for the Rovers on deadline day for £ 650,000 before left-back moved to Ligue 1’s Crewe Alexandra on loan for the remainder of the season.

With Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Jarrad Branthwaite and Barry Douglas all on loan, Amari’i Bell and Ryan Nyambe off contract this summer and Derrick Williams signing for LA Galaxy this week, the Rovers have some work to do on their recruiting.

Williams has been a mainstay of defense throughout Mowbray’s four years, but the signing of Daniel Ayala last summer and Pickering in January are the first signs of a guard change at the back.

“I think Pickering will be a very good footballer for this club for a long time, we’ll see how the recruiting goes,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“All loans will come back, players out of contract, we will have to see if we can make a deal with one of them, summer is summer and we will try to continue building the club as I always have. said.

“Ideally you have hungry young players who are desperate to enter the Premier League and take their careers in that direction. It is not easy.

“We are working hard on recruiting and see what the summer has in store for us.”

Pickering is just the second money transfer the Rovers have made for a defenseman since Mowbray took over in February 2017, with Bell brought back from Fleetwood Town in January 2018, unlike spending on offense against Ben Brereton and Sam. Gallagher.

At the other end of the pitch, Tosin Adarabioyo, Harwood-Bellis, Branthwaite, Douglas and Greg Cunningham have all been on loan since, with Ayala, Jack Rodwell and Paul Downing bringing in free transfers, while goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski was the only one. cash signing last summer.

And Mowbray said, “I always said you wanted to recruit footballers. Finance usually dictates that, so you can sign your own players.

“Loans can fill gaps, they can be your best players, but they invariably go back to their parent clubs.

“The plan would still be to sign our own players, rather than loans, if we could, it’s not as easy as it might mean for a footballer to give him a four-year contract.

“Let’s wait and see how it goes.”

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