STAGS FAIL TO SIGN ROLLIN MENAYESE
Bristol Rovers set to hand defender new contract after Graham Coughlan's failed deadline day raid
By Sam Frost, Bristol Rovers reporter, 3 FEB 2020
Bristol Rovers are in contract talks with Rollin Menayese after former manager Graham Coughlan failed to sign him on deadline day.
Bristol Live understands League Two Mansfield Town, who Coughlan quit Rovers for in December, agreed a fee with the Gas for the 22-year-old on Friday.
But personal terms could not be agreed with the centre-half - who flourished in the finals weeks of Coughlan’s tenure - so he remained at the Mem.
Menayese has not been included in Ben Garner’s match squad for the past three games, and the signing of Cian Harries on deadline day looks to have further limited his playing options.
But with the Democratic Republic of Congo-born defender out of contract in the summer, Rovers are thrashing out a new deal.
“Nobody has gone out, which we’re delighted with and we’re actually in the midst of discussing a new contract with Rollin because it’s up at the end of the season so that’s where we are,” Garner revealed after Saturday’s defeat to Coventry City.
Menayese has played 18 games for Rovers this season, the most first-team action he has seen since joining from Weston-super-Mare in 2017.
He was a pivotal part of Rovers’ back three in the unbeaten run before Christmas, playing a huge role in the backs-to-the-wall wins at Ipswich Town and Plymouth Argyle.
But since the change of management, and the return of Tom Davies from injury, Menayese has had fewer opportunities in the blue and white quarters.
Despite coming close to leaving in the final hour of the transfer window, with Rovers and Mansfield agreeing on a fee, it does not mean the club’s hierarchy wanted rid.
Chief executive Martyn Starnes and Garner throughout the window stated the club would be “trading”, with every player having his price if clubs showed interest.
And Rovers’ efforts to tie Menayese down to a new deal clearly indicate he is still in the plans of the manager, who believes the Gas are in a better place than when the window started.
Garner added: “We’re happy with the squad that we’ve got now and it’s now about pushing on for the rest of the season, we need to get results, we need to get results quickly.
“I’m giving everything, the staff are giving everything and the players are giving everything and I know the supporters will be disappointed in the run of results we’ve had.
“I take full responsibility. I’ve had a difficult period myself when I first came in so it was tough for me not in terms of results but in terms of everything else that was going on in my life.
“Since coming back in I’ve felt really confident about where we were going and I think we’ve had good signs this week about where we’re trying to go and what we’re trying to do but two points from nine is not a good enough return from what we’ve done, but we don’t want to be a disappointed dressing room.”
Alistair Durden @alidurdenBBC (BBC Bristol)
10.30pm, 31 Jan
I’m being told Rollin Menayese could be moving to Mansfield. #BristolRovers
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