Blackburn Rovers have announced that defender, Paul Downing has joined Doncaster Rovers on loan for the remainder of the season.
It will come as no surprise to see Downing heading out on loan, as he has only made three appearances in the Championship in this years campaign.
But he has been unlucky not to have featured more in Tony Mowbray’s starting XI, as Blackburn mount an unlikely play-off charge.
Downing played a pivotal role in Blackburn’s promotion from League One, and went on to make 26 league appearances for Rovers as they gained promotion to the Championship.
But having struggled for game time this season with Rovers, it’s surely the best move for both parties involved as he looks to find regular first-team football in League One.
Many Blackburn supporters have weighed in with their verdict on this latest news.
See the best of the reaction from Twitter below….
— Ben (@wilko_brfc) January 24, 2019
So we’ve got Mulgrew injured, Williams injured and Roswell injury prone… and we decide to get rid of maldini
— Jack Earnshaw (@ERNIEBRFC03) January 24, 2019
Can only presume we’ve got something lined up here… this leaves us massively short! A good player!
— Joe Cullen (@JoeCullen__) January 24, 2019
Awful decision. He's first team quality and adds squad depth. Unless Mowbray brings someone in…
— Adrián Spencer (@1Spenny) January 24, 2019
We want Downing back, we want Downing back! ~ ????
— Chris (@TheChrisWilko) January 24, 2019
I don’t necessarily follow the logic of this move. In Tony we must trust ????⚪️
— Jonathan Rogers (@jonathanrog68) January 24, 2019
Don’t understand this decision unless we are looking to bring another defender in? If not shocking decision
— Sir Charlie Mulgrew (@Sirmulgrew) January 24, 2019
we needed him to stay.
— William Outhwaite (@Outhwaite_) January 24, 2019
Shame, decent defender and a better back up than Rodwell or Williams. Good luck to him
— Liam Dunn (@liamdunn_131) January 24, 2019