Doncaster Rovers boss explains decision to loan out 24-year old

By Thomas13 - Own work, Public Domain,

Doncaster Rovers boss Grant McCann has explained why he chose to loan midfielder Luke McCullough to League Two side Tranmere this week.

The 24-year old joined up with the EFL new boys after being allowed to depart the Keepmoat, albeit temporarily, by McCann.

The former Peterborough boss has taken time to explain why he allowed the Northern Irish midfielder to hook up with Mickey Mellon’s side.

“I just felt he didn’t fit the way we play,” he told the Doncaster Free Press. “I love Luke. He’s a great lad. There were a lot of clubs wanting to take him and he said he wanted to go to Tranmere. It was really a case of wanting the three [midfield players] moving and rotating.”

The former Manchester United youngster is perhaps too much like other squad members, which has prompted McCann to allow him to find regular football.

“I think you’ve seen over the four or five games that we’ve played that Ben (Whiteman) doesn’t sit in a number four position, he moves around the pitch. They all take positions off each other. I feel Luke is more of a defensive midfield player who just doesn’t move out of his slot, an Anthony Grant-type if you like.”

McCullough has made 99 Football league appearances for Doncaster, spanning League Two, League One and the Championship.

Our View

He could be a big player for Tranmere, his experience will be important, but he’s also on the right side of 25 to offer energy.

Doncaster are doing well right now and therefore chances would be at a premium, but there’s every chance he’ll be back if things start to go awry.


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