Centre back or left back - Where does Cameron John's future lie at Doncaster Rovers?

His reintroduction at Doncaster Rovers may have seen him featuring a left back but Cameron John’s long term future is as a centre half.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 7:00 am

That is the verdict of boss Darren Moore who wants to help the 21-year-old develop into a top defender.

With Reece James missing much of pre-season due to a leg injury, Moore was happy to feature John at left back in the Carabao Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers and the friendly with Manchester United U23s.

John played several games at left back while on loan with Rovers last season. While he may continue to deputise in the position when necessary, his manager sees him as a centre back following his permanent transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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“He’s got the versatility to play at left back but central defence is his role and his position,” Moore told the Free Press.

“It’s nice that he’s got that option to play at left back and while Reece has been out with his knock, he’s had his chance at left back to get his match fitness up to a level and standard.“It’s something he can do so while we’ve had Reece down it’s nice to have him filling in.”

A former centre back himself, Moore hopes to use his top level experience to help aide John’s development after making his move to the Keepmoat permanent.

“I’m delighted to have him back,” he said. “To have him back and he be ours is really good.

“He’s been wonderful to work with. He has a wonderful appetite and desire.

“It’s great to have that left sided defender in, which adds balance to the team.

“He’s got youth on his side and I see leadership qualities in him for one so young.

“Being a former centre back myself, I’ll be able to help him develop immensely and he is a project definitely that I’m looking forward to working with and helping him get even better.

“I think he’s a wonderful acquisition for the club and I’m really pleased he’s on board.”


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