Doncaster Rovers: No excuse for young players to not break through insists Darren Moore

Young players will have no excuse for not succeeding at Doncaster Rovers after changes were made to how they are dealt with at the club.

Sunday, 17th November 2019, 1:43 am
Updated Sunday, 17th November 2019, 4:54 pm
Darren Moore

That is the verdict of boss Darren Moore who believes much of any failure to break into the senior set up will come down to the players themselves.

Moore has overseen the restructuring of the club’s development squad since his arrival in the summer including taking specific training sessions each week himself with the U23 group.

With more structured time on the training ground designed to help their development, the players have everything to need for success according to Moore.

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“I say here at this club they can achieve as little or as much as what they want,” Moore said. “It won’t be for the want of an opportunity.

“They will get opportunities here. It’s about when those opportunities do come that they will seize them with both hands and move forward with them.

“Some younger ones have played this season. The latest one was Danny Amos who took his chance very, very well at Wimbledon.

“His use of the ball was really good. He knows what we expect – he gained that understanding really quick and he went up a level that day.

“For Danny, it must be a rewarding situation for him to know he more than coped and handled himself in that situation.

“He’s been the latest one and the whole development squad must look on and see that if they're performing consistently well in training and in games, opportunities will arise to play in the first team.

“The bodies we’ve got in the first team aren't vast by any means in depth. We’ve suffered a few injuries and we’re leaning quite heavily on the development squad.”

Rovers have handed contract extensions to development squad players Branden Horton and Lirak Hasani in recent weeks with more likely to follow in the next few weeks.

Rovers were drawn away at Leicester City U21s in the second round of the Leasing.com Trophy, due to take place during the first week of December.

Leicester’s development group typically play their games at Holmes Park to the south of the city but the game could also be switched to the Keepmoat if such a move makes more sense.