HIS mentor may have departed but Lee Fowler is determined to forge a successful career at Doncaster Rovers.
The midfielder tore up a contract with Fleetwood to move to the Keepmoat last month and reunite with Dean Saunders, who he previously played under at Wrexham.
Two days later, Saunders left for Wolves and Fowler has since struggled to break into Rovers’ starting 11.
Although he admits he is unlikely recreate his bond with Saunders with any other manager, the 29-year-old is determined to play his way into Brian Flynn’s plans.
“I’m not naive, it’s part and parcel of football that managers come and go,” he said.
“Everyone knows what I think of Dean and what Dean thinks of me.
“No other manager is going to get close to that.
“But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try equally as hard for another manager.
“I’ve got a job to do here and that’s to give a good account of myself out on the pitch.
“It doesn’t matter who the manager is, I want to play football at a good level and at Doncaster it’s a very good level.”
Fowler played under Flynn in the past with Wales U21s and was a previous target for the veteran boss when in charge at Wrexham.
“Brian tried to sign me when I was 13 or 14,” Fowler said. “I know all about him.
“His style is more relaxed than Dean’s, it’s not as structured. Brian gives that bit of freedom whereas Dean is a very intense person.
“But they’ve still got the same ambitions and goals – there’s been good continuity.”
Fowler was handed his second appearance off the bench at Bury on Saturday, replacing the injured David Syers early in the second half.
Although pleased with the opportunity, Fowler is desperate to secure his place on merit rather than through a twist of fate.
He said: “I didn’t really want my chance to come from an injury or suspension.
“But I have had that chance and I really want to build on it.
“I’ve been knocking on Brian’s door regularly.
“I’ve come to play football and under Dean I think I would have played nearly every game.
“But the lads have been on a fantastic run. I can’t change the way Dave Syers and Paul Keegan have been playing together.
“One of them does the ugly stuff, the other gets in the box and scores goals.
“Hopefully I can add something different, a bit of passing and guile.”