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ROVING REPORT


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Although Rovers have acquired the services of  Parma's Slovakian international Vratislav Gresko on loan until the end of this season, it is reported in the media, that Souness's search for a left back is still on going. Souness in recent months has been linked with, Juanfran, Silvinho at Celta Vigo, Sylvain Armand at Nantes, Nicolas Escude at Rennes, and Matthew Taylor of Portsmouth. Rednaps rejection of Souness's inquiry for Taylor could be the reason for the failure of John Curtis moving in the opposite direction.

It is reported by various media sources that Souness has not seen Gresko play, and has signed the player based on recommendations from Gresko's former team mate at Parma, Hakan Sukar. The Rovers manager is also reported to have said that it is unlikely Rovers could afford to buy Gresko, as the price Inter wanted for him was ridiculous and the best chance for Rovers to retain his services would be to extend the players loan period for another season.

Financial Report 2002

Rovers have announced their annual report for 2002, which shows for the first time years a nominal operating profit. John Williams Rovers Chief Executive is reported as saying, the £24,000 profit represented a £13 million turnaround in the club's fortunes from the previous season.

Exciled Players

Rovers midfielder Alan Mahon on loan at Cardiff City won the Man of the Match award, in Cardiffs 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic on Friday night.

In his first season as a manager former Rovers forward Mike Newells Hartlepool  have extended their lead at the top of division 3, with a 3-2 win against Torquay. Whilst second placed Rushden & Diamonds failure to capture all 3 points against bottom club Swansea,who had former Rover, James Thomas and Lenny Johnrose playing, with on loan Rovers striker Marc Richards sat on the bench.

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