Doncaster Rovers to be young at heart

Paul Dickov's faith in young players matches the board's youth strategy. Left to right are Gavin Baldwin, John Ryan, Dickov and Terry Bramall

Paul Dickov's faith in young players matches the board's youth strategy. Left to right are Gavin Baldwin, John Ryan, Dickov and Terry Bramall

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If you’re good enough for Paul Dickov, you’re old enough.

Rovers’ new boss is ready to put his faith in youth as he sets about building a young side full of energy and endeavour.

It is a strategy which appealed to Doncaster’s co-owners, who want the club to develop more players of their own.

And in Dickov they have a man with a track record for doing just that.

“In two and a half years [at Oldham] we gave a debut to around 14 players who came through our system,” said Dickov.

“I know there’s a lot of good young players here and, along with Rob Jones and Brian Flynn, it’s something we can really help kick on.

“Yes we’ll have to bring in players with Championship quality to push us up the table. But the sooner we can promote from within, the feel-good factor at the club kicks off straight away.

“The club had a successful youth team last season, and the one thing I’m really passionate about is bringing your own players through and getting youngsters involved in the first team,” he added.

“Whether it be training, pre-season or games, I like to get them involved as quickly as I can.

“People might say they’re not quite ready for it, they’re too young - but how do you know?

“It’ll create that feel good factor. And people will want to come to Doncaster for that reason.”