Doncaster Rovers: Mitchell Lund knocking on first team door - and Dickov’s too

Mitchell Lund. Picture: Steve Uttley.

Mitchell Lund. Picture: Steve Uttley.

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Mitchell Lund is not just knocking on the door of the first team.

Because the teenage defender says he is planning to knock on Paul Dickov’s too!

Lund impressed at right back in his first ever start for Doncaster in Tuesday night’s comfortable JPT win at Burton Albion.

And the 18-year-old won’t shy away from staking his claim for a more regular spot in Rovers’ rearguard - by seeking some one-on-one feedback from his boss.

“I’ll have a little word with him [Dickov] and see what he says,” smiled Lund, following Rovers’ 3-0 victory at the Pirelli Stadium.

“Hopefully I’ll get some good feedback.

“It was a good game. We need to take that into the next game now and carry it on.

“I enjoyed it,” he added.

“It was good to get ninety minutes under my belt, hopefully I’ll get another chance to do that soon.

“The senior players spoke to me about the difference [between youth and senior football] and the aggressiveness.

“The tempo is a lot quicker but I’ve just got to step up, and I think I coped quite well.

“Hopefully I’ve proven that I can make that step up - I’ll have a word with him [Dickov].”

Leeds born Lund joined Rovers’ academy at the age of 12 and signed his first full professional contract with the club in the summer.

Dickov is well aware of the teenager’s potential and praised the way he handled his first senior start.

“He’s a good player, Mitchell. He’s going to be a very good player,” said Dickov.

“In pre-season he was somebody we’d earmarked as wanting to push into the first team squad and push up.

“He’s still a very young boy though. He’s still got to learn but I thought he showed great maturity.”