The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Pippa Field

GARY Mc­SH­EF­FREY’S ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­ity will be cru­cial to Don­caster Rovers’ end-of-sea­son run-in, ac­cord­ing to boss Darren Fer­gu­son.

The 33-year-old at­tacker joined the League One side on loan this week from Scun­thorpe United un­til the end of the sea­son as Rovers at­tempt to avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

Mc­Sh­ef­frey has ex­pe­ri­ence of rel­e­ga­tion scraps and ar­rives at the Keep­moat Sta­dium hav­ing played for Coven­try, Birm­ing­ham, Ch­ester­field and Leeds over a 17-year ca­reer.

Mc­Sh­ef­frey scored on his de­but at Colch­ester United on Fri­day, but Rovers were thrashed 4-1.

Fer­gu­son said: “He’s got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and he knows the league very well. He has a good qual­ity in the last third of the pitch.

“He has been on our radar for a bit, but it has been dif­fi­cult be­cause they wouldn’t let him go out on loan. Now, they’ve de­cided to.

“He has been in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions him­self in terms of rel­e­ga­tion fights, so he gives us vast ex­pe­ri­ence and he can play in a num­ber of po­si­tions.”

PIC­TURES: Andy Clarke

WELL DONE: Shaun Barker is con­grat­u­lated af­ter scor­ing from the spot and, in­set, the re­turn­ing Will Hughes, right, and Marc Ed­wor­thy

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