Great headline, disappointing story. Rovers midfielder Josh Payne currently on loan at Oxford United has agreed to make his move to the Kassam Stadium permanent come the January transfer window. Payne, who only joined Rovers in the Summer having been released by West Ham, will leave owning one of the best goals per game ratios of anyone to have ever represented Doncaster. The midfielder started and scored against Accrington Stanley in the League Cup, a match which now represents his only ever appearance for Rovers.
Josh Payne has been on loan at Oxford since mid-September and has already made ten appearances for the U’s. Last weekend he also netted his first goal for the club too with a well-taken long-range free-kick against Northampton. Although not confirmed, it’s believed Payne had wanted to be nearer to his family and friends in the South East and Oxford represented the perfect opportunity for such a move. The initial one-month loan has been extended until the new year at which point Payne will put pen to paper on a permanent deal. Rovers fans may remember Adebayo Akinfenwa pitching similar reasons to turn down a move to Doncaster six years ago… only to join Torquay instead.