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20 August 2012

Manager wants his side to improve their away form

Mark McGhee believes that Tom Parkes is the player to help shore up Rovers defences this season.

The defender will be arriving at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon to agree terms with the club, and is set to be involved in the game against Barnet tomorrow.

Mark said:  “We have agreed a fee with Leicester and Tom will get down here today and we will finalise bits and pieces with him and his agent and get the medical done as soon as possible.

“We have made allowances for the time that may take, as long as we agree terms we will take him first on loan so he can be available tomorrow night. The loan would literally be for a few days to allow us to get the medical done.

“I am really pleased, he is left sided and gives us great balance. He is good on the ball and he showed us last year that he is a good defender.

“I think he can go up the levels, and I think we will be a very good player for us. We are paying good money for Tom it is not a free transfer. We have lost five goals in the last two games, so hopefully we can stop that now.”

And the manager has confirmed that he will not be pursuing any other signings for the immediate future, as there are players he expects to step up and prove themselves.

Mark said: “I still feel that Eliot Richards has got a contribution to make and we have to find a way of putting out a team that gives all of the forwards the best chance of scoring a goal.

“I want to find out about them, and the system that gives them the best chance possible before I rush out and get anybody else. I am not in any rush to do that today. 

”We have people in the squad who are still to prove themselves up front, and we will run with that before we go out and look for someone else. At the moment I will go on with what I have got.”

Tomorrow’s game gives Rovers the chance to put their opening day defeat behind them, and the manager is keen to improve his side’s away form.

He said: “I don’t think we should be putting too much pressure on ourselves in terms of points. We have got to play better than we did on Saturday, particularly in the first half, and we have got to find a way of creating more chances and scoring more goals. 

“The priority is to find a way of playing that is going to make us more dangerous. We wont take anything for granted, particularly after Saturday, as we didn’t see that one coming.

“We cannot consider ourselves to be better than any team, until we prove we are better, and that is what we have to start doing tomorrow night.

”Last year our away results were poor, so we have to make sure, whether it is Barnet or Barcelona, that we make ourselves as difficult as possible to beat away from home.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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