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Loan Rovers...

As the curtain came down on the regular English EFL campaign, we've got updates on a number of the players who are currently away from Ewood Park

7 May 2019

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A number of loan deals came to an end this weekend, with one loanee's season extended following a result in League One...

A number of Rovers players are currently plying their trade with clubs away from Ewood Park, representing teams at a variety of levels in England and Scotland:

  • Paul Downing
  • Sam Barnes
  • Joe Grayson
  • Matty Platt
  • Scott Wharton
  • Sam Hart
  • Lewis Mansell
  • Andy Fisher
  • Brad Lyons

We'll begin in League One, where there was dramatic last day drama for defenders Paul Downing and Sam Hart, for different reasons.

Downing had a chance to help Doncaster Rovers sneak into the play-off places, but they would have to match or beat Peterborough United's result to ensure a top six finish.

With Posh beating Burton Albion at home, Donny had to win against Coventry, and incidentally it was former Peterborough player Kieran Sadlier who handed the hosts the lead at the Keepmoat Stadium before top goalscorer John Marquis made the score safe late on.

That means Donny will now take on Charlton Athletic in a two-legged play-off semi-final, with the first encounter coming at home on Sunday 12th May.

Down in Essex, there was a battle for survival involving Hart, with Southend United taking on Sunderland at Roots Hall.

A win would keep the Shrimpers in League One, with a draw meaning Kevin Bond's outfit would have to rely on results elsewhere.

John White handed the home side the lead, only for Chris Maguire to level from the spot for the Black Cats.

But with time running out, substitute Stephen Humphrys prodded home to seal all theree points for the home side. Hart appeared for 69 minutes in the clash and totalled 18 games for the Blues during his loan at the club.

In League Two, it was a bittersweet day for Scott Wharton, who was part of Bury's day of celebration at home to Port Vale.

Unfortunately for Scott, his appearance lasted only 26 minutes before he was forced off with injury on his 15th appearance with the Shakers.

But it's been a good season in all for the Blackburn-born defender, who halped both Lincoln City and Bury to promotion out of the division.

Staying in the division, it was a scoring weekend for another defender as Joe Grayson scored his second ever professional goal for Grimsby Town.

Grayson whipped the ball into the corner against Crewe Alexandra just after the half hour mark, with team-mate Harry Davis handing the Mariners the advantage early on in the game, with Michael Jolley's side going on to win the game 2-0 at Blundell Park.

North of the border, Brad Lyons played the whole game for St Mirren, who drew away at Motherwell thanks to Kyle Magennis' late equaliser.

Elsewhere in Scotland, it was to be a good day for Lewis Mansell and Partick Thistle.

Mansell blasted home his first goal of the campaign after just 14 minutes to give Partick the lead, before being replaced in the second half by former Rover Gary Harkins in the 3-0 away victory.

With the non-league seasons coming to an end, Andy Fisher, Sam Barnes and Matty Platt all didn't have a game this weekend.

All players will return to the club, with decisions to be made on each of their futures in the summer.

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