Rovers using Duffy as bait?

20 June 2013 10:33
Rovers are set to test the resolve of cash-strapped Scunthorpe United after seeing an initial bid for winger Mark Duffy turned down.

Iron boss Brian Laws made public that a written bid from Rovers had been received and revealed it failed to meet the valuation Scunthorpe have for the 27-year-old.

Paul Dickov is unlikely to let the matter lie just yet but Rovers are not in a position to be held to ransom by our rivals along the M180.

Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Laws has hinted previously that Duffy may have to leave this summer in order to give him leeway in the transfer market.

But he came out fighting yesterday to insist his star man will not be leaving the League Two club on the cheap.

“We’ve received an offer from Doncaster which was well under the valuation which we are expecting,” Laws said.

“We’re not in a position where we’re going to allow players to leave for nothing.

“We’ve paid money for him and we at least expect that back.

“No doubt about it, he had his best year since he’s been at the football club last season.

“He’s improved while he’s been there.

“And if someone improves you expect to get better money back.

“Doncaster’s valuation was way below ours.”

Duffy was second behind Rovers winger David Cotterill in the League One assists table last season.

The former Morecambe man was particularly impressive when netting against Rovers in Iron’s 3-2 defeat at Glanford Park last season.

Scunthorpe took up the option of another year on Duffy’s deal at the end of last season but reportedly understood it was unlikely he would play for the club again.

Source: Donny Mad