Doncaster Rovers: Young players 'have earned trust'

Darren Moore insists the young players that have received game time with Doncaster Rovers’ senior squad have done so by earning his trust.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 12:17 pm

Max Watters became the latest player from the club’s development squad to make an appearance for the senior team at the weekend, making his league debut off the bench.

The forward follows the likes of AJ Greaves, Shane Blaney and Danny Amos in stepping up to first team level this season.

And Moore says they would not earn a place without having proven themselves ready beforehand.

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“We’ve had a lot of development players on the bench this season,” Moore said.

“We’ve seen Danny Amos, Anthony Greaves, Max Watters, Will Longbottom, Shane Blaney.

“It’s the reason I’m so pleased we’ve had a development programme put in that gives them more contact time, that demands more of them and for them to get up to the levels expected of them.

“I’ve no hesitation in playing them.

“There’s one thing having them there but it’s another expecting them to step in and do a job.

“I’ve done it in terms of giving them a chance to step in.

“I’ve been a development coach [at West Bromwich Albion] so I understand where the players are.

“There’s been games where they’ve had to step in and there’s games coming up where they’ve had to step in on the front line.

“They’re expected to perform well and to a level.”