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Short impressed with Duffy's Rovers start

25 October 2014

Craig Short has been delighted with the way Shane Duffy has settled in at the football club.

A deadline day signing from Everton, the Republic of Ireland international has quickly earned his place in the Rovers defence, with three clean sheets in his first six games with Rovers.

Short feels that the 22-year-old has performed well during the early stages of his Rovers career and believes he can grow into an accomplished central defender.

"I'm pleased the way Shane has slotted in," said the Rovers coach. "He is powerful, he is agressive.

"I remember Shane came here last year with Yeovil and did very very well against Rudy.

"Rudy was on really good form then I think he found it very difficult as Shane competed really well.

"I spoke to Shane when he first came saying how I was impressed. He knew he had to set his stall out, he knew it would be a battle and it was.

"He's an old-fashioned centre half, though he can play. He's comfortable with the ball, he's got a nice strike on him.

"For a big lad he can move as well, but, primarily he's a very very powerful lad in the air and you need that, you need that at any level.

"So I'm pleased that he is here, he is only young, he is going to get better and better."

Duffy and Rovers are back in action this Saturday afternoon against Nottingham Forest. Tickets are on sale cash only from the City Ground, priced £28.00 Adults, £20.00 Seniors (aged 65+), £14.00 Under 18, and £1.00 for Under 12.

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