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2 Emerging players at Bristol Rovers who may be better off spending the 2020/21 season out on loan



It has been a frustrating season for Bristol Rovers fans in many ways. 

In December, they looked in the mix for the play-offs before manager Graham Coughlan left the club to join Mansfield Town.

The arrival of Ben Garner as his replacement hasn’t paid dividends quite yet. Rovers have won just twice since he took charge of the club in December and now find themselves in mid-table mediocrity, looking unlikely to be worried about relegation or pushing for the top six.

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Their focus now needs to be on preparations for next season and ensuring that they can kick on once they get the fresh start that it will bring.

It is going to be interesting to see what sort of business the club does in Garner’s first summer transfer window at the club, as you’d imagine he will be keen to bring a number of players to shape the squad to fit the style he hopes to play.

There will likely be some departures as well both permanently and on loan. With that in mind, we’ve outlined the two emerging Rovers players that may be better off spending the 2020/21 season away from the Memorial Stadium…

Harry Hodges 

The 19-year-old arrived at the South West club in August this year after impressing on trial at the club.

The right-back came through the Plymouth Argyle academy but was released without ever making an appearance for the senior squad.

Hodges has spent the season in Lee Mansell’s development squad and with both Mark Little and Josh Hare ahead of him in the pecking order, a loan deal to get some first-team football will likely be the best thing to help him improve in the 2020/21 campaign.

Lucas Tomlinson

A homegrown talent that has been at Rovers since the age of 10, Tomlinson has made his first foray into senior football this season–making five appearances for the Gas so far.

The majority of those have come as substitute appearances in the EFL trophy, which indicates where he is in the pecking order.

He is highly-rated at the Memorial Stadium, having been described by one coach as “one of the most naturally gifted players I have seen during my time in the Academy”, and was given a professional contract by the club last summer.

A bright prospect like that would surely be best served getting a season of regular first-team football under his belt. His appearances in this campaign would suggest that’s unlikely to come with the Gas, so a loan move looks the best idea.

London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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