The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY - By Graeme Jar­man

BRIS­TOL ROVERS boss John Ward claims Kenny Jack­ett’s de­par­ture from Mill­wall could scup­per their hopes of sign­ing keeper Steve Milden­hall per­ma­nently.

The 33-year-old played 20 games on loan for the Pi­rates in the lat­ter half of the sea­son and im­pressed Ward enough to be con­sid­ered as a trans­fer tar­get this sum­mer.

Ward has made an of­fer, but af­ter Jack­ett’s de­ci­sion to leave the Lions on Tues­day he claims they could be head­ing back to the draw­ing board.

“Steve is still con­tracted to Mill­wall and their man­ager left this week so whether that has any bear­ing on the sit­u­a­tion, I don’t know,” said Ward.

“We have made a move and we’d like to keep him. He’s aware of that and I’m hope­ful that we can re­solve some­thing in our favour.”

Ward, how­ever, isn’t con­fi­dent of mak­ing John-Joe O’Toole’s loan spell per­ma­nent.

“John-Joe is con­tracted for an­other 12 months at Colch­ester. He’s not a player I can just say, ‘come and sign for us’,” added Ward.

“We’ve had chats with Joe Dunne (Colch­ester boss) but John-Joe has caught the eye by putting in some ex­cel­lent dis­plays for us. I’m not the only one try­ing to lure him out of Colch­ester.”

UN­SURE: John Ward

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