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Tony outlines January transfer plans

The boss already assessing available options ahead of transfer window

20 December 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray knows exactly what he wants once New Year's Day comes around.

The boss has been discussing his transfer plans, and suggests it is much more difficult than it appears when bringing in quality in January.

"It becomes more difficult when that player is playing for his team. You can ask questions but have to be respectful at the same time," Mowbray admitted.

"January is notoriously tough to get players in because some clubs are looking over their shoulder and needing a player to keep them up.

"The other side of the coin is clubs may be fighting for the play-offs or promotion and feel that player is needed for that push."

So, with the team currently riding high in League One, where exactly does Mowbray feel more depth is needed?

"I'm positive at the moment that all the squad needs is a little bit more individuality," the 54-year-old added.

"We're working hard on recruitment. The balance of our squad is screaming out for someone who can beat a man with real pace.

"Whether we can find the right one for the right expenditure, we'll have to see. We're working hard to find the guy who may fit the criteria and that will continue up until the point we start discussing things with clubs and putting bids in."

Rovers have Rekeem Harper, Marcus Antonsson, Paul Downing and Harry Chapman all on loan at the club, so is that a route Mowbray plans to go down again once the window re-opens?

The boss isn't so sure.

"I think it's important where loans are concerned to build relationships with other clubs who need talented footballers out playing because they can't get in their team.

"That's something we continue looking at, but I've always said that I don't want to build a team full of loans.

"If we can find the right ones who we can give contracts to and make our own then that's what we'll be doing."

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