Rovers will consider further loan moves for their young players this month with development at the forefront of any decisions.

Striker Sam Burns joined Scunthorpe United on loan to the remainder of the season while Louie Annesley extended his stay at Woking.

Goalkeeper Joe Hilton remains with Scottish Division One side Hamilton Academical, Joe Nolan is at National League North side Curzon Ashton, while Dan Pike returned to AFC Fylde after a previous deal was cut short because of injury.

More movement is expected within the Under-23s squad with Connor McBride, who scored in last weekend’s defeat to Manchester City, of interest to League One side Crewe Alexandra.

Luke Brennan is another who would be considered for a move should suitable interest arise from an EFL club.

Rovers are keen to get more of their young players out on loan in the EFL, a difference to previous stances where players have tended to stay around the Under-23s squad.

Jack Vale was in the side for the Premier League 2 defeat to Manchester City after his loan spell with FC Halifax came to an end after one goal in 10 appearances.

The 20-year-old Wales youth international has previously spent time with Rochdale in League One and Rovers will have to decide upon his next move before the window closes.

Tyler Magloire captained the side at the weekend and after loan spells with Rochdale, Hartlepool United and Motherwell previously there is League Two interest in the central defender this month.

Under-23s boss Mike Sheron says loans will be considered this month and that could lead him to turn to scholars to help fill his ranks as the club have looked to do more and more in recent weeks.

Injuries in the ranks haven’t helped, with captain Sam Barnes’ return to the fold coming just as Lenni Cirino joined Isaac Whitehall on the long-term absentees.

It has meant for a tough season for Rovers who sit bottom of Premier League 2, but Sheron feels getting players out on loan can be crucial to their development.

He said: “It’s all about developing individuals and you don’t want them playing Under-23s football for too long.

“If they can get a taste of men’s football and really have to work for those three points on a Saturday, that can only benefit the lads.

“I’m more than happy with the players we have and we have a good crop coming through with the Under-18s as well.

“Whatever happens this month, I’m sure we’ll be fine for the rest of the season.”