‘I said to my agent get it done straight away’ – new signing Josef Bursik talks joining Doncaster Rovers

New loan signing Josef Bursik insists he jumped at the chance to join Doncaster Rovers on loan once Darren Moore expressed interest.

By Liam Hoden
Thursday, 20th August 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th August 2020, 4:13 pm

The highly-rated goalkeeper has agreed to switch from Stoke City on a season-long deal as he looks to continue his development, having spent last term with Accrington Stanley.

While he says other third tier sides made enquiries about taking him on loan, he only had eyes for Rovers once contact had been made.

“I had a couple from League One which is always good because it shows you’re doing the right thing,” the 20-year-old said.

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“But as soon as I heard about the interest from Doncaster, I had no doubt and I said to my agent to get it done straight away.

“Bar a few hiccups along the road, we managed to get it over the line, which is great.

“My agent is quite close with the gaffer so he highlighted to me how good of a guy he is and how good a coach he is.

“I played against Donny in my second game when I was on loan at Accrington last year and the sort of the football they played and the shape they had was really good.

“I think it suits me to a tee and it’s going to be the best way for me to express myself.

“I’m here to help the team. The gaffer has highlighted his ambitions to me and I think we can do some big things this year so I’m really happy to be a part of it.

“I know a few boys that worked with him when he was at West Brom so it was a no brainer for me.”

“I’m buzzing,” he added.

“It’s been in the pipeline for a few weeks now so it was a welcoming feeling to get it over the line, get in and meet all the boys.

“It’s a great feeling to get going.”

Bursik is expected to start the season as first choice for Rovers with Moore keen to give academy graduate Louis Jones further time to develop.

And England U20 international Bursik is targeting helping Rovers to a strong season.

He said: “It’s a big club with a good history and they’re always around the play-offs which is the next step for me to push on.

“Ultimately we have got to go for promotion, to get in the play-offs, if not automatic.

“It’s a different sort of environment that I’m coming into and it’s something that I’m very much looking forward to being a part of.”

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