'I think we’ve got a nice little midfield player on our hands' - Darren Moore talks AJ Greaves after his new deal with Doncaster Rovers

Darren Moore is confident young midfielder AJ Greaves will come of age quickly after signing his new deal at Doncaster Rovers.

By Liam Hoden
Monday, 13th July 2020, 3:46 pm
Updated Monday, 13th July 2020, 3:49 pm
AJ Greaves
AJ Greaves

The 19-year-old has signed fresh terms at the Keepmoat with his contract due to expire last month - one of only three players in the club’s U23s group to be offered a new deal.

Moore says the midfielder will be around the senior squad much more next season and believes he is fully capable of making the step up.

“I think we’ve got a nice little midfield player on our hands here,” Moore told the Free Press.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

“I’m really pleased to get the deal done.

“He’s got the physicality to deal with it and the mentality too.

“I’m looking forward to working with him. He’s another youngster that we’ll get in the environment and he’ll come of age really quick.”

Greaves started two games for Rovers in the Leasing.com Trophy last season.

He has garnered attention as a combative midfielder but over the last 12 months has shown greater restraint and maturity on the pitch.

Moore is hoping to develop his ability on the ball but is confident there is plenty of quality there already.

He said: “AJ’s competitive, he’s a combative, different, no nonsense midfield player.

“He’s a ball-winner, he’s got great energy, he gets around and he’s tenacious.

“Also, in him and we’ll develop that side of his game, he sees a pass and he’s got a pass in his locker.

“We’ll develop that side of him, his ball skills and how he receives it.

“But what we can’t take away from him is his competitive style. We can control that a little bit and give a bit more to him.

“He played at Rotherham in the Leasing.com and he was tearing about that night and some of the experienced pros picked him off at times.

“That was a good learning experience for him.

“Stepping out of U23s, it’s different and they need to get that experience of the pace and it.

“That will have been a good experience for him.”

*

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you

Nancy Fielder, editor