Bristol Rovers trio named in Team of Season as Oxford United boss becomes QPR favourite

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All the latest stories surrounding Bristol Rovers and their 2022/23 League One rivals

Bristol Rovers have a big week in store as there is likely to be an outcome on the decision of their out-of-contract stars.

Joey Barton in an interview with BBC Radio Bristol was hopeful of the situation with Antony Evans and Sam Nicholson being finalised in the next seven to ten days, that was on May 19.

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Time has elapsed and now clarity will be needed as the Gas plan for a strong season back in League One.

Below are the headlines in League One involving Bristol Rovers and their rivals for next season.

Gas trio in League Two TOTS

Rovers may be waving goodbye to League Two but some of their players have made an  everlasting impression on the national media.

An article from the Guardian has put Antony Evans, Connor Taylor, and Elliot Anderson in their Team of the Season.

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Evans got 12 assists and 10 goals, including a brace and a promotion-winning assist on the final day of the campaign. Taylor meanwhile was a nominee for the Young Player of the Year award but lost out to Finn Azaz. Anderson meanwhile was a sensational loan signing from Newcastle United.

They’re in a team alongside Jojo Wllacott (Swindon Town), Nathan Smith (Port Vale), Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City), Kane Wilson (Forest Green Rovers), Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers), Timothee Dieng (Exeter City), Dominic Telford (Newport County) and Matty Stevens (Forest Green Rovers).

No Rovers player was included in the EFL Team of the Season at the EFL Awards in April, which was voted for by a panel.

The PFA Team of the Year, as voted for by the Manager’s of League Two and the captain’s is expected to come out in the next week or so.

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Oxford United boss becomes favourite for Queens Park Rangers gig

Oxford United manager Karl Robinson has emerged as the bookmakers favourite for the vacancy at Queens Park Rangers.

The Hoops are continuing their search for a new man to take charge at Loftus Road after agreeing to part ways with Mark Warburton.

A report from the OxfordMail says that despite being at evens for the role, that there are currently no conversations between the two clubs about Robinson potentially moving to West London.

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“It’s always nice that people talk about you, but I’ve never been motivated by some of the things people think I am,” said Robinson to the OxfordMail last week when he was linked with the Hibernian job.

“I think it’s something you listen to – people will ask questions and speak to me about it consistently. “That just means you’re doing something right and some people are happy with what you’re doing.”

Taylor to fight for his place at Stoke City

Stoke City’s Dave Hibbert says the club are in dialogue with clubs, managers, scouts and agents over their young players.

Connor Taylor was a player that benefited from a loan this season, having been a regular feature under Joey Barton.

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It is expected the 20-year-old will not be shipped out straight away by the Potters and instead will be given the whole of pre-season including a friendly against Rovers at the Mem to fight for a place in Stoke’s first-team.

“Connor went to Ashton United, on the back of that he went to Chester, on the back of that he went to Bristol Rovers,” Hibbert said to the Stoke Sentinel.

“Each has been progress for him and challenged him in different ways and now he’s played a full season in League Two and it’s been massive for his development."

Ipswich Town midfielder eyes first Wales cap

Ipswich Town attacker Wes Burns could be in line for his first start for the Welsh national team.

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Burns was called up after Sunderland’s Nathan Broadhead had to withdraw due to injury.

The 27-year-old has been in two squads before but hasn’t been able to enter the pitch but now his time could come.

Cardiff-born Burns got 12 goals and six assists for the Tractor Boys last season and is pushing hard for a start against Poland in the UEFA Nations League match on Wednesday.

It’s the penultimate game before the Dragons’ World Cup play-off final against either Scotland or Ukraine.

Chatting to BBC Wales Sport, he said: "It would be one of the proudest moments of my career to be able to pull on that shirt and give all I can for my country.”

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