Charlie Seaman praised for work since being left in limbo on Doncaster Rovers return
Andy Butler has praised Charlie Seaman for handling the frustration of not being able to feature for Doncaster Rovers and producing something positive.
The full back has been locked in limbo since February when his loan at Maidstone United came to an end after the National League South ceased competition due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
EFL regulations barred the 21-year-old from featuring for Rovers for the remainder of the season, meaning he has yet to make his senior debut for the club. Midfielder Lirak Hasani has been in the same situation after his loan at National League North side Gateshead was cut short.
Nevertheless, Seaman signed a new two-year deal with Rovers earlier this week and has been putting in the groundwork to ensure he is ready for next term.
“It must be tough for him and Lirak, not being involved in with the first team,” Butler said.
“It’s stunted their development and I find it really baffling a decision made by those involved to not let these players come back, especially in these unprecedented times.
“It’s not helped Charlie or Lirak in their development.
“But they’ve knuckled down. They’ve done their extra running sessions with Rob [Lee, sports science coach] after training to keep them on top form.
“Charlie has done well. He’s working hard with Rob.
“He’s quite a stocky lad so he’s got a lot of muscle mass on him.
“He’s trying to slim that muscle down and get leaner to be prepared for next season.
“He’s got very good technical ability and he strikes the ball really well.
“It’s just about getting his body ready for next year.”
Butler believes Seaman should have his eyes on claiming the right back slot for Rovers next season.
“You can see glimpses in training that Charlie has got ability and it’s unfortunate that due to the loan issue, you can’t call him back,” he said.
“Charlie has got to push again. I’ve had a chat with him and he’s got to push for that right back slot.
“He’s the only contracted right back at the club at the moment.
“I believe so. He’s got a good background and education.
“It’s a big step for him but at the same time you’ve got to take it at some point so why not next season.”