Doncaster Rovers: The home town heartbreaker?

Alex Mowatt made his Leeds debut against Rovers earlier this season.
Alex Mowatt made his Leeds debut against Rovers earlier this season.

This is the Doncaster lad plotting derby day heartache for his home town club this weekend.

Over just 12 senior appearances, Alex Mowatt has marked himself out as one of the Championship’s hottest young prospects, cementing his place in a Leeds side making a serious push for the top six this time around.

Not bad for a kid whose other club on his CV is Bentley Pumas JFC.

Staff in the club’s academy enthused about his ‘football brain’ and cultured feet for a good while before he showcased his abilities to a wider audience.

The midfielder made his senior debut for Leeds – who he first joined at the age of six – against Rovers in this season’s Capital One Cup clash between the sides at the Keepmoat.

And the 18-year-old has never looked back since.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott says he knew Mowatt would swim rather than sink after watching him in the Keepmoat dressing room on that late August night.

McDermott said: “I watched Alex beforehand, sat in the dressing room quite happy and comfortable.

“He was letting it all go on around him.

“I just said to him ‘get on the ball and do what you do.’

“It was like he’d been there all his life.”

He may have only signed his first professional forms in March but it took just a handful of first team games for the Leeds hierarchy to know they had to tie Mowatt down to a long term deal.

Scouts from top flight clubs began to circle after hearing about the impression he was making.

But last week Mowatt penned a contract which will keep him at Elland Road until 2017.

He said: “There was no doubt in my mind about signing it at all.

“I’ve been here since I was six and all I’m thinking about is playing football for Leeds.

“Your first couple of games are nervous but you get used to it after a while.

“But I didn’t expect any of this, not at the start of the season.”

Mowatt is convinced he will play in the top flight but hopes to do so with Leeds before his new contract ends.

A win over his home town club would only strengthen Leeds’ latest push.