Talent identification head Adam Henshall to leave Doncaster Rovers

Adam Henshall is to leave his role as head of talent identification at Doncaster Rovers to join a top flight club.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:58 am
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 12:11 pm

The 27-year-old joined Rovers in December 2019 from Shrewsbury Town and has played a key role in the club’s recruitment of players for the last three transfer windows.

His work at Rovers and growing reputation was acknowledged by a top flight outfit who have offered him a role. Henshall informed Rovers the position was ‘too good to turn down.’

Henshall’s departure from the Keepmoat has been an amicable one and it is expected that he will maintain a close relationship with the hierarchy when he takes up his new role.

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Doncaster Rovers' talent identification manager Adam Henshall

He will continue to work with Rovers over the next month and will be involved in the appointment of his successor, a process which the club hope to conclude within the next few weeks.

“Adam has done an excellent job since joining us and moves to one of the biggest clubs in the country with our best wishes and our thanks,” Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin said.

“The work now begins to find a replacement and to have that person in situ by the end of the season and before the opening of the summer transfer window.

“Whilst we are disappointed to lose Adam, we fully understand why he has made the decision he has made.

“As a club we have a strong history of recruiting both quality on and off the field and we will continue with that going forward.

“It is testament to Adam’s character that he is helping us to facilitate that process to ensure we get the right person while also ensuring we are in a good place and fully prepared for the summer transfer window.”

Henshall’s departure is not linked to that of former manager Darren Moore, who joined Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month.

His approach to talent identification involved a mixture of data analysis and traditional scouting. He had already commenced work on identifying potential new additions for the summer transfer window.

Notable names Henshall was involved in identifying for Rovers included loanees Josh Sims, Matt Smith and Taylor Richards, plus permanent signings Fejiri Okenabirhie, Omar Bogle and John Bostock.

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