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Bristol Rovers are 'desperate' to keep an in-form ex-League of Ireland star

The 26-year-old has scored five goals in seven appearances for the League Two side.

Source: Official BRFC TV/YouTube

FORMER LIMERICK STRIKER Rory Gaffney is hoping to stay at Bristol Rovers following a fine run of form that has seen him score five goals in seven matches during a prolific loan spell with the club.

Gaffney signed for the League Two side at the end of November, and he has been a big hit with the club’s fans who have dubbed him ‘the Ginger God’.

Speaking after scoring a brace in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Luton, Gaffney admitted his future was up in the air with his loan stint set to end.

“The gaffer says that he wants to keep me, but I haven’t been told anything by Cambridge. So I suppose the two clubs are talking. It’s out of my hands,” Gaffney told the club’s official website.

I was told before Christmas that I was free to stay at Rovers until the end of the season and then it’s changed. I suppose that’s football.”

Meanwhile, Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke says the player’s uncertain future is down to finances.

“We are desperate to sign him as he has done well for us, but the goalposts have moved,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“Rory is desperate to stay and talks are on-going, but it boils down to money.

Last week Cambridge were happy for us to take over his contract and I told Rory at the time because the deal was verbally agreed. They have changed their stance since then and they have the right to do that.

“I don’t want to be harsh on Cambridge because they haven’t done anything wrong but I wouldn’t go about my business in that way. Rory’s head is a bit fried now, but I’ll speak to Shaun (Derry) over the weekend and we’ll see if we can move it forward next week.”

Clarke’s side are currently fifth in League Two, while Gaffney’s parent club Cambridge are 11th.

Gaffney originally scored two goals in five appearances for Cambridge, after joining from Limerick in 2015, with the Tuam native having managed 19 goals in 17 appearances for the League of Ireland side.

Source: Official BRFC TV/YouTube

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