Doncaster Rovers manager Gary McSheffrey has insisted that he is ‘not fearful’ of Manchester United recalling loanee Ethan Galbraith.
Galbraith’s loan is due to run to the end of the campaign but it contains a break clause which either Rovers or United can activate.
However, having been in regular contact with the Red Devils, Doncaster are reportedly ‘confident’ that Galbraith will be allowed to continue his loan at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Speaking to local paper Doncaster Free Press, McSheffrey said: “I’ll let Graham [Younger, head of talent identification] get on with that sort of thing but at the moment there isn’t that I’ve been made aware of any threat of us losing any of the players.
“You look at the likes of Ethan Galbraith and Matt Smith and the minutes they’ve both played, I think their clubs are happy with how much they’ve contributed and how much experience they’re getting.
“We’ll definitely be in contact and be reassured that we can keep them.”
Ethan Galbraith getting valuable game time at Doncaster
Embarking on his first loan move away from Old Trafford, Galbraith has made quite the impression at the League One side.
Last month, the Northern Ireland international was described as Rovers’ player of the season so far.
With 23 appearances under his belt, 21 of which have been starts, Galbraith has certainly benefitted from getting regular first team action at senior level.
With one and two assists to his name, the 20-year-old is going to have a crucial role to play in Doncaster’s fight for safety in League One.
After missing the 3-0 defeat against Sunderland through suspension, Galbraith returned to the side for Sunday’s trip to fellow strugglers Morecambe.
McSheffrey’s side were in dreamland after going 3-0 up after 30 minutes, but his team imploded and somehow managed to lose the game 4-3.
With 23 League One games remaining, Doncaster find themselves rock bottom and six points off safety.
But the most important thing for Manchester United is that our talented prospect Galbraith is clearly a key cog of the Doncaster side.
He may follow in Ethan Laird’s footsteps and join a Championship side on loan next season, but right now he is getting valuable game time and it would be foolish of United to scupper that halfway through the campaign.
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