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MK Dons, Bristol Rovers held ‘a lot of talks’ with 15-goal/assist star before bargain move

MK Dons, Bristol Rovers held discussions with free agent star Luke Molyneux before his Doncaster Rovers switch, the player has revealed.

Molyneux’s deal with Hartlepool United officially ends this month, and he has already agreed to join League Two rivals Doncaster Rovers for nothing ahead of the new season.

It comes after a strong first full season of consistent EFL action for the forward. He managed 12 goals and three assists in 55 outings for the Pools, cementing himself as one of the fourth tier’s standout players.

He will be remaining in League Two despite his strong performances though, and it has now emerged he had options in League One.

Speaking with the Doncaster Free Press, Molyneux revealed that he held ‘a lot of talks’ with both MK Dons and Bristol Rovers before ultimately deciding to make the move to the Keepmoat Stadium. He said both were keen to look at the loan market first, but he wasn’t willing to wait around.

“Literally about a week, maybe even two, before I came to Doncaster there was a lot of talks with MK Dons and a lot of talks with Bristol Rovers,” he said.

“They were two clubs I was really looking at and seeing what could happen, but things didn’t work out.

“Both teams, especially MK Dons, said they wanted to look at the loan market first. I said ‘I can’t wait around’. I wanted to get back in for pre-season, so that one broke down.

“Bristol wanted to sign someone else and that obviously fell through.”

A new start…

The acquisition of Molyneux is a great deal for Gary McSheffrey, especially considering the League One suitors that were also vying for his signature before Rovers could wrap up a deal.

The 24-year-old will be determined to impress in League Two once again with Doncaster Rovers surely aiming to push for an immediate return to the third tier.

If Molyneux can hit the ground running, it would be a huge boost to McSheffrey’s ambitions, leaving MK Dons and Bristol Rovers rueing their decision not to snap up the forward while they could too.

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