Doncaster Rovers: Rejuvenated Kyle Bennett can be a role model for our kids - Dickov

Kyle Bennett has been a stand-out performer in recent games.
Kyle Bennett has been a stand-out performer in recent games.

It is a mark of just how much Kyle Bennett has changed that he is now being held up as an example to others in the Doncaster squad.

Bennett, who has grasped his most recent chance in the first team with both hands, has previously been regarded as something of an enigma.

His talent was never in question but his application and attitude seemingly were.

Struggling for any sort of form, Bennett was farmed out to Bradford City last season.

The writing was on the wall for him - either he bucked his ideas up or his Rovers career was likely to be over.

Bennett then got married in the summer. He recently became a father for the first time.

And his subsequent transformation on and off the pitch has been noticeable - so much so that boss Paul Dickov says the 24-year-old winger can become a role model for the club’s scholars and development squad members.

“Kyle came back after the summer with a bit of maturity,” said Dickov.

“He’d be the first to admit that.

“Even when Kyle was here last year I had a good relationship with him.

“We’re all desperate to see him do well.

“The two things that bugged him, even before I came here, were his inconsistency - not just game-to-game but within games as well - and possibly his work rate.

“But one thing he is doing for this team is working really hard.

“I think he realises now, first and foremost, that’s what you’ve got to do.

“We all know the ability he has got. His ability is outstanding.

“Maybe he’s become a bit more a team player now.

“I do think getting married and having a kid has given him a focus in life.

“He can become an example to the other younger lads at this club,” Dickov added.

“Although he went out on loan last year the door was always open here for him, as long he wanted to knuckle down and work hard.

“And that goes for all the young lads coming through.

“We want to develop our players here and if they work hard, they’ll get their chance.

“Although Kyle’s still young himself, there’s a maturity in how he speaks to people now as well, including the younger lads coming through.

“And the more people we’ve got like that in the changing room the better.”