ROVERS have added two players to their development squad within the last week, much to the delight of Under-23s boss Damien Johnson.

Attacker Okera Simmonds signed from Liverpool on an 18 month deal after playing two games as a trialist for Rovers' development.

And goalkeeper Oliver Byrne also signed up on a one-and-a-half year contract after being free to leave Cardiff City. 

Johnson's side are currently riding high at the top of Premier League 2 Division Two and the boss was happy to welcome the pair in to his ranks.

"Okera has been in for a couple of weeks now and he's just a little bit different to what we have in the two age groups, the Under-18s and the Under-23s," Johnson said.

"After losing Callum (Wright), he will give us that different dimension in the final third. It's important we let him settle in and get used to the environment and how we do things.

"Oliver has got good pedigree. He's come in and he's really impressed Ben (Benson) and he's one that will come into the group and no doubt help us."

Rovers are in Premier League Cup action this week where they will look to book their place in the knockout stages with a win at Cardiff City on Thursday (12pm).