'No surprise, no message' - Darren Moore on Danny Amos' start for Doncaster Rovers

Darren Moore says Danny Amos’ inclusion in his starting XI on Saturday is only the beginning of developing young talent at Doncaster Rovers.

By Liam Hoden
Sunday, 1st March 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 1st March 2020, 4:00 pm

Amos was handed his first league start of the season in the 3-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers.

Moore is passionate about the club developing their own players and says that drive is shared among the Rovers hierarchy.

And he believes that message has been delivered loud and clear to those like Amos in the club’s U23s system, meaning the full back’s inclusion will not have been taken as a surprise or a confidence booster for the development group.

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Danny Amos in action for Doncaster Rovers against Wycombe Wanderers

“There’s no messages because when I came in at the start of the season I said that everyone would be involved,” Moore said.

“There’s no messages, there’s no surprises - the development players know from trialling and testing them in Leasing.com Trophy games.

“Max Watters has been in there. Young Branden Horton is back in training with us.

“There’s no messages, there’s a continuity here. There’s a system in place, there’s a structure here.”

Moore believes there is clear evidence of the pathway from the age group set up into the first team opening up.

But he wants that to only widen in the future, which he believes will happen with continued work.

“The U18s must look to the U23s and see there is a chance to step up to there,” he said. “And there’s a structure from the development squad for them to step up into the first team.

“You’ve got a manager here who believes in youth. You’ve got a manager here who believes in the development of the youth.

“You’ve got a manager here that believes on trying to be as competitive as ever on the front line.

“There’s continuity right from Stan [U18s boss Paul Stancliffe] to Gary McSheffrey [U23s boss] right to the first team.

“There’s a chairman and a board of directors that believe in the youth here. It’s a unified decision right through the football club.

“I’ll echo it again, there’s a structure in place at the football club and we’ve got to trust the structure in terms of developing and bringing the club forward.

“It won’t be done overnight. There’s time to build, strengthen and get better at it. We always look to try to get better.

“As long as we’re working towards that and I can see that change and transition towards it then we’ll continue to work.

“What you have got is a group of people who really believe and trust in building this football club moving forward.

“That is how it will be moving forward.”