Doncaster Rovers: Loan star’s medal hunt

Injured: Loanee John Lundstram is likely to miss England U19s' friendly with Turkey tonight.
Injured: Loanee John Lundstram is likely to miss England U19s' friendly with Turkey tonight.

JOHN Lundstram is delighted to have the chance to stay at the Keepmoat until the end of the season – because he is desperate not to miss out on a promotion medal.

Brian Flynn has agreed a deal with Lundstram’s parent club Everton to retain his services, though paperwork has not yet been completed.

And the young midfielder is delighted.

“I’m happy with that, definitely,” Lundstram said.

“It’s what I wanted before I even arrived here.

“We’re pushing for promotion to the Championship and you don’t get better experience than that so I’m delighted with the opportunity.

“There’s no way I wanted to miss out on that.

“I think every single person at the club is after the title and I definitely want that medal.

“The aim is to win every game and with eight to go I think we’re in a good position.”

Lundstram says he has enjoyed his first month with Rovers and is pleased he has managed to hold down a starting berth.

He said: “The team has been doing well which is more important than how I’ve been doing.

“But I think I’ve been doing all right.

“I’m coming out of my shell a bit more and I’m getting closer to a goal which I’d say is part of my game.

“I’ve got lots of energy and I can get up and down so I expect to be having a go at goal.

“If the goals don’t come but we’re winning and I’m contributing, that’s fine.”

The 19-year-old also praised boss Flynn and the Rovers players for the welcoming atmosphere within the squad.

“The skipper and the gaffer in particular have been brilliant,” Lundstram said.

“Football’s about confidence and if you’ve not got it I don’t think there’s much you can do.

“They’ve encouraged and helped me a lot and added to my knowledge which will help me build my career.

“A lot of people are helping me, there’s a lot of experience in the team.

“And I’ve had a bit of banter with the younger lads and my fellow Scouser Billy Paynter.”

Lundstram is currently recovering from injury after twisting his ankle during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.

The midfielder was particularly disappointed to suffer the injury as he was due to appear for England U19s in a friendly with Turkey in Telford tonight.

Rovers have teased an announcement about a ‘major stadium event’ on Friday through their Twitter feed.