Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Aynsley Pears could be on his way to Doncaster Rovers this summer, with the League One side’s boss Richie Wellens confirming he is in the market for a goalkeeper.
After joining on a four-year deal from Middlesbrough in October, the 23-year-old has only made three appearances for the Championship club and was behind Belgian international Thomas Kaminski in the pecking order for much of last season.
With Antonis Stergiakis and Jordan Eastham as other options for Tony Mowbray and both being involved in the first-team this pre-season, it could potentially open the door for Pears to make an exit this summer as he searches for more first-team football.
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One thing that could have potentially blocked a move for Pears is Kaminksi’s late call up to Belgium’s Euro 2020 squad late last month – but has seemingly remained injury-free during the tournament and is expected to be ready for his domestic side’s Championship opener against Swansea City next month.
With his lack of first-team football, Pears has been linked with a move to Doncaster Rovers by The Sun journalist Alan Nixon – and Doncaster Boss Richard Wellens has further increased speculation about a potential deal for a goalkeeper in his comments to the Doncaster Free Press.
He said: “We have two or three options for a goalkeeper and we’re just trying to manoeuvre into position.
“There’s one we could possibly press the button on but the ratchet and punishments for not playing him are too high.
“If we can get those down then we could possibly press the button on that one.
“We really like Louis Jones. We do need another goalkeeper, we’re very aware of that.
“But the ratchet needs to be what we can afford if Louis Jones plays the season that we think he can play.”
A loan deal for Pears would probably be ideal for Blackburn, allowing him to get some game time and perhaps even enabling them to get his wages off their books temporarily, but Tony Mowbray must make sure Kaminski is back fully fit from international duty first.
However, a permanent move would depend on whether Stergiakis or Eastham are ready to step up to the first team yet – and after only signing a four-year deal nine months ago – the club may not want to let go of the goalkeeper just yet.
With Covid-19 and its impact on finances, a loan agreement looks to be the most likely unless the Championship side opt for a switch in strategy and actively want a move to cut short his stay at Ewood Park.
That could be the case if Stergiakis or Eastham show promise in pre-season – but a temporary deal could be the most beneficial for Blackburn right now.