Bristol Rovers will seemingly be in the market for players in a number of positions but centre-back perhaps is the most important.
The Gas for the second-half of the season which inspired them to promotion were reliant on two 20-year-old’s in their first time away from parent clubs at a professional team.
Connor Taylor, who was nominated for the League Two Young Player of the Year Award was on loan from Stoke and was here for the whole campaign. Taylor’s centre-back partner James Connolly meanwhile joined from Cardiff City on loan in January and excelled from the outset.
With both now back with their parent clubs, it leaves Rovers with just Alfie Kilgour as an out-and-out recognised senior centre-back and even then, the 24-year-old struggled with injury this season.
Rovers did hand a contract to Jamie Egan, an 18-year-old who spent time on loan at Hereford and he could be considered but more options will be needed over the course of the season.
Left-back Nick Anderton can of course play in the position as can utility man Josh Grant, but it is a position that perhaps needs the most strengthening.
Building from the back was key to Rovers’ success as they racked up a number of clean sheets whilst the attacking players did the job, winning sometimes narrowly thanks to the sturdy defence.
With a new division to look forward to, Rovers’ transfer targets may change as they may be able to offer more money and are also looking to challenge for a second promotion according to Joey Barton.
Below are some centre-backs that we believe could be considered as potential signings for Rovers this summer.