Paul Hef­fer­nan to stay at Bris­tol for rest of sea­son

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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.’

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