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A successful window - boss

3 February 2015

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer hailed the January transfer window a success after keeping hold of all of his senior stars.

After a month of speculation surrounding star strikers Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede, the manager enjoyed a relatively quiet deadline day, with just four young players leaving the club. 
 
Defenders Jack O’Connell and Anthony O’Connor joined Brentford and Plymouth Argyle respectively, whilst strikers Jordan Preston and Jordan Slew also departed – Preston on loan to Ayr United and Slew through mutual agreement.

Bowyer's aim at the start of the window was to keep the core of his squad together and he was delighted to get through the month unscathed.
 
“We are very pleased to keep the group together,” he said. “Obviously there was a lot of interest in several of our players, but we’ve managed to keep hold of everyone and that’s a credit to the owners.
 
“They insisted if clubs didn’t meet the valuation of our players, then no-one was going anywhere and they’ve been true to their word.
 
“It was very important to us that we kept hold of Jordan and Rudy. They both have double figures already this season and they cause teams problems. 
 
“We can concentrate fully on the games ahead now that the distraction of the window is out of the way.
 
“It was quite quiet for us down here yesterday - just a few of the younger lads going out – but we will have another look at what’s available when the loan window opens next week.”

Asked about the circumstances surrounding O'Connell's departure to Brentford, Bowyer added: "Brentford came in with a bid and Jack wanted to try and break into their first team, it was as simple as that. 

"We didn't actually want him to go, but him and his representatives made it clear he wanted to try pastures new and once that decision was made, they had to agree a fee with the club and that's what happened."

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