Initially signing for the South Yorkshire club in early November on a month-long loan deal, Enda Stevens has extended his stay at Keepmoat Stadium through to January.
In quotes reported by the Yorkshire Post, Rovers manager Paul Dickov spoke of his eagerness to keep the young Irish full-back at his disposal beyond the initial month-long loan that was agreed upon last month.
Dickov said: “We have spoken to Aston Villa. His loan runs out on Monday, but hopefully he will sign the forms today or tomorrow.”
Being his second loan spell at Keepmoat Stadium, Stevens made 14 appearances for the League One side last season and has earned a starting berth in the last five games for the Vikings.
An acquisition by former Villa manager Alex Mcleish in August of 2011 from Irish outfit Shamrock Rovers, Stevens has only made a handful of appearances for the senior squad, making his debut in November 2012 in a 1-0 win against Sunderland.
Chosen behind the likes of Eric Lichaj and Joe Bennett in recent season, Stevens predominately plied his trade for the reserve squad at Villa. Seeking first-team opportunities elsewhere, he has had a loan spell at Notts County and also spent time at Northampton Town earlier this season, together with his two spells at Doncaster Rovers.
With his fitness currently under assessment, Stevens looks set to miss Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.
The 24-year-old will be hoping to be back in contention as soon as possible to continue his run of consecutive starts for the Rovers, and with his contract at Villa drawing closer to its conclusion, he will surely be looking to make an impact to possibly secure a permanent move to the Keepmoat Stadium.
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