Stefan Mols became the last of the players released by Rovers in the summer to get fixed up. RICH Sharpe looks at how those released are getting on at their new clubs.

 

Amari’i Bell

Club: Luton Town

Stats: 8 (1) – missed two games through injury

Summary: Bell played 99 times for Rovers, 22 of those coming last season, and he was the only player released to secure another Championship move, signing for Luton on a one-year deal. He has slotted in well to their back three formation, playing as a left wing-back, and impressing, scoring the winner at Barnsley in August. He missed the Rovers draw through injury, but

Whoscored.com rating: 7.11

What’s been said: Manager Nathan Jones - “There’s plenty more to come, he’s still got to develop, there’s still parts of his game that we’d like to be more fruitful, but we knew what we were getting. I researched Amari’i a year before he came here. It’s no surprise, Amari’i has given us what we felt. We love him here.”

 

Elliott Bennett

Club: Shrewsbury Town

Stats: 12

Summary: Spent five-and-a-half years at Rovers, making 192 appearances, but only nine in his final season before leaving in the summer. Was snapped up by hometown club Shrewsbury Town who had shown interest in January. Played all but eight minutes of their league matches mostly at right wing-back, clocking up two assists, and wearing the captain’s armband four times, including in last weekend’s defeat at Ipswich Town which came only a matter of days after the death of his father. Shrewsbury have had a disappointing campaign so far, sitting second bottom.

Lancashire Telegraph:

Whoscored.com rating: 6.89

What’s been said: Manager Steve Cotterill: "Elliott is a privilege to have around the place, a great kid, one of life's givers and not a taker. He doesn't shirk anything, if somebody needs telling in the dressing room he'll say it, but in the right way which is very important.”

 

Corry Evans

Club: Sunderland

Stats: 4 (2) – missed three matches through injury

Summary: Was named Sunderland captain after joining from Rovers when his eight-year stay came to an end after 209 games. Has struggled with injury on occasion, missing three club games and all of Northern Ireland’s matches this season. Part of a Sunderland squad who have started well, sitting fourth in the table and eyeing promotion.

Whoscored.com rating: 6.57

What’s been said: Manager Lee Johnson: "He's going to be one that leads by example. "He's not going to be a Gary Wackett from Mike Bassett, headbutting the wall before we go out. But he's very steady, and I think at a club like this, we've talked a lot about flattening the waves. Corry epitomises that, he's very calm, an established international. His way of leading is going to very important for us this year.”

Lancashire Telegraph:

 

Lewis Holtby

Club: Holsten Kiel

Stats: 0 (2)

Summary: It was two weeks into the season when Holtby, who returned to his native Germany after his release by Rovers in May, found himself a new club. A stay in Germany was always his preference, having not been able to show his full potential at Rovers in an injury-hit two years. He’s managed only 23 minutes of action so far, missing the last four matches with a muscle problem, but did pick up an assist on his home debut. Struggling in 15th, Holsten have just announced a new manager.

Whoscored.com rating: 6.88

What’s been said: Sporting Director Uwe Stöver: “With Lewis Holtby, we were able to engage an internationally experienced man for the No.8/No.10 position who we trust to take on responsibility quickly and who should give our appearance on the pitch more structure and order.”

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Charlie Mulgrew

Club: Dundee United

Stats: 12 – missed only one game, a 1-1 draw with Celtic

Summary: Mulgrew’s time at Rovers officially came to an end in the summer, but having played just twice in the last two seasons, it was realistically over when he was loaned out in 2019. Now 35, has settled in to life back in Scottish football, having been away for five years, and helped United into fifth place having also taken on the captain’s armband. Popped up with a goal in the league cup win over Arbroath.

Whoscored.com rating: 7.02

What’s been said: Charlie Mulgrew: “I said when I first signed for Dundee United that I wasn’t coming back to Scotland just to see out my career. I’m playing well. It’s probably the best I’ve played in a few years. I feel fit too, so why not?

“I still have ambitions to play for my country. Scotland can tell me when they don’t need me. I’ll never tell Scotland that’s me done.”
 

Brad Lyons (Kilmarnock) – Only one league start, with four substitute appearances, but has been a regular in the cup competitions.

Joe Grayson (Barrow) – A regular in a back three, with nine starts out of 11 in the league. Contributed a goal and an assist.

Tom White (Barrow) – Back at the club where he had a successful loan spell in 2019/20. Started four of the first five league games but only featured twice since.

Lewis Thompson (Scunthorpe United) – Second bottom of League Two, but the 22-year-old has established himself in the side, starting seven of the eight games he’s been available for.

Ben Paton (Ross County) – Started four Scottish Premiership matches, including against Rangers and Celtic having joined brother Harry north of the border.

Stefan Mols (Warrington Town) – Was an unused substitute for The Yellows in their Northern Premier League draw at Nantwich Town after signing on Tuesday.