ROVERS boss Tony Mowbray says there are ‘conversations to be had’ with the parent clubs of the loan players currently on the Ewood Park books.

But he doesn’t envisage any changes to the season-long deals which all four of his loanee players signed.

Leeds United forward Marcus Antonsson has eight goals to his name, while Paul Downing, on a temporary deal from MK Dons, is yet to taste defeat in his 11 outings. West Brom teenager Rekeem Harper is still to find his feet but has featured in eight games to date, while Middlesbrough winger Harry Chapman, who enjoyed a fine start to life in East Lancashire, is set to be sidelined until well in to the New Year with a hamstring injury.

All four agreed deals at Rovers until May and Mowbray doesn’t see any reason for that not to change although the Ewood chief will speak with the players’ parent clubs in the new year.

He said: “Most of the loans, if not all, there will be a conversation to be had in January.

“But if the club is happy, the player is happy and we’re happy we will continue in that vain.

“It’s always pertinent to make sure everyone agrees, I wouldn’t want to keep anyone here who doesn’t feel that they are playing enough but I don’t think that’s going to be the case with any of these boys.

“Let’s see what January brings but I’m pretty positive that the squad just needs a bit of adding to, with some individuality and we’re working hard at that.”

Downing and Harper were arrivals on deadline day, with Chapman and Antonsson arriving earlier in August.

It is a market that Mowbray has previously enjoyed plenty of success with, particularly at Coventry City in 2015/16 when his side, which included a number of loanees, led the way in League One for much of the season before falling out of the play-off picture in the second half of the campaign.

And while admitting the temporary market is one that he may look to exploit when the transfer window re-opens in January, it’s not one that he wants to be reliant upon.

“They are doing fine,” he said of his current loanees. “It’s an important market for any club to build relationships with other teams who have talented footballers to go out because they are not playing.

“It’s something that we’re continually looking at but as I’ve said before we don’t want to build a team around loans.

“If we can find the right players that we can offer deals to then we will.”