He may be the Millers record signing, but it appears like Jonson Clarke-Harris will have to wait a little longer to get a chance in the Rotherham United first team.
Rotherham United announced earlier today that Clarke-Harris will be joining Doncaster on a youth loan until the end of the season, which would include the playoffs. However, Rotherham have the right to recall him at any time after 28 days have passed of his spell.
Doncaster will be hoping that Rotherham won’t feel the need to take him back, as the League One club currently occupy 6th place and the final playoff place. He could be in line to make his first start in a crucial game on Saturday against Peterborough, who’re 8th and level on points with Rovers.
Clarke-Harris may not have found the net once in the five games he spent on loan at MK Dons last month, but his 3 goals in 6 starts for The Millers show that he’s clearly capable of finding the back of the net.
Unfortunately for him, Matt Derbyshire, Conor Sammon and Danny Ward have all been in excellent form recently, and there just wasn’t a place in Steve Evans starting lineup for the 20 year old. When talking to the club website, Evans said:
“Since coming back from his previous loan move the lad has spoken to me on a number of occasions about having a desire to be playing regularly on a Saturday afternoon and I can do nothing but respect that.”
Ultimately, this move could prove to be beneficial for Doncaster (to aid their promotion push), Clarke-Harris (to get match fitness and show Evans why he deserves a first team place) and Rotherham United (the extended game time should help aid his development).
He certainly has the quality to make that happen. Now, he just has to prove it.
NB Clarke-Harris joined Rovers on Thursday 12th.