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Wednesday, 6 September, 2000, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Holloway's roving eye for new faces
Scott Jones and Jason Roberts
Jones in action for Barnsley against Rovers
Bristol Rovers manager Ian Holloway has busily been recruiting and looking for new players to add to his squad

Barnsley defender Scott Jones is to sign for the Pirates for 200,000 after agreeing personal terms.

Jones has been on loan at the Memorial Stadium appearing in the club's three league matches so far this season capping his performances with a goal in the 6-2 rout of Brentford.

Holloway has also picked up Chesham's Dwayne Plummer. BBC 3CR report that the Ryman Premier League side will receive a 15,000 signing fee plus a 10,000 bonus depending on the number of appearances.

The 22-year-old midfielder began his career in Bristol wearing the red of City before moving on to Stevenage Borough and then Chesham.


This shows our supporters that the board are more ambitious to move us forward
  Ron Craig, Bristol Rovers director
Mark Hardcastle is another returning Bristolian, rejoining Rovers after originally progressing through the schoolboy ranks before leaving to continue with his education.

The 17-year-old is now looking forward to relaunching his football career after achieving his desired grades.

Hopeful

Holloway is also hopeful of clinching the permanent 350,000 signing of on-loan West Bromwich Albion striker Mickey Evans.

The 27-year-old, who has previously played for Southampton and Plymouth Argyle, has been on loan at Rovers for the last month and has impressed Holloway during his time with the club.

The Republic of Ireland international scored on his debut in the 2-2 draw at Peterborough United, but has had his appearances restricted because West Brom would not let him play in the Worthington Cup.

Holloway is also considering the recruitment of another striker, Delton Francis, a 22-year-old from Nuneaton Borough who had a trial game in the reserves recently.

"This shows our supporters that the board are more ambitious to move us forward," said Rovers director Ron Craig.

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