Paul Heffernan to stay at Bristol for rest of season
MEMORIAL STADIUM shall remain Paul Heffernan’s home until May after the Newtown man extended his loan deal with Bristol Rovers until the end of the season.
The striker joined the League One side from Doncaster Rovers in February and has scored two goals since leaving the Keepmoat Stadium, which was enough to persuade Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope that Heffernan deserved a longer stay with the Pirates.
Rovers currently lie 11 points off the play-off places but should they make it to Wembley, Heffernan will have to watch on from the sidelines as his emergency loan period will have expired.
But despite that hitch, the number nine is still delighted with his new pastures: ‘ I am delighted, I have enjoyed my time down here and am delighted to sign up for the rest of the season. I get on well with everyone at the club, and it was an easy decision.
‘There are still a lot of games to play and we need to take each game at a time. We are eight or nine points off sixth place, so it is a long way to go, but if you start picking up a few wins, a few teams will start looking over their shoulder, so you never know.
‘When you are winning games that breeds more confidence than anything else, and I am sure the lads will be raring to go for the game on Saturday now.’
While the club’s ambitions may be to make the play-offs, Heffernan’s personal aim is just to keep on scoring.
‘I just go out every game and try and score in every game I am involved in. Me and Jo (Kuffor, Heffernan’s strike partner) both got on the score sheet on Saturday, and hopefully we can link up well for the rest of the season and score a lot more goals.’
Manager Paul Trollope is delighted to have secured the marksman’s services until the end of the season.
‘We are pleased to have agreed that, we were pleased with his performance again on Saturday, pleased that he scored another goal and he is forming a good partnership with Jo, they are getting to understand each other, and it is a major boost for us.
‘I think he is enjoying his football, and playing regularly. His sharpness is coming back, and hopefully Saturday’s performance is a sign of things to come.’
Heffernan’s ineligibility should Rovers make the play-offs is a blow for Trollope, but the Bristol boss is hoping his goals will get them there.
‘That is one of the draw backs, but we are hoping he continues the form on Saturday, and if he does, and if Jo continues to play with him as they did, they have a lot of goals in them, between them, which will hopefully put us somewhere near it.’
Heffernan’s future is still uncertain, as he is out of contract at Doncaster Rovers at the end of the season and may be released from the Championship side in the summer, but both parties will be monitoring the situation very closely.
‘The lad is out of contract and his agent will be working with his best interests at heart, so we will address that when it is time,’ said Trollope.
‘Paul is still looking at us, and we are looking at him, with 12 games still to go it is a good opportunity for both sides to get to know each other, and if his form continues it is something we will look at.’