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Opportunity knocks for Johnno

11 April 2015

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Gary Bowyer is eager to see John O'Sullivan in action between now and the end of the season.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has had an outstanding season whilst out on loan at both Accrington Stanley before Christmas, and Barnsley in the new year, before returning to Rovers at the end of March.

The midfielder featured for the last ten minutes of the 3-0 win over Leeds United last Saturday - only his second senior appearance, but Bowyer has hinted that he could play more of a part in the end of season run-in, starting with this afternoon's match against Reading.

"Some times opportunity knocks and a young lad gets an opportunity," said the Rovers boss.

"I think in some of the cases, John O'Sullivan in particular, we've had a plan with him. He's played Conference at Southport, then he went out to Accrington and then to Barnsley in League One.

"He has trained with us since he has come back and we need to have a look at him and make sure that he is ready to put a case down to be in the squad on a regular basis.

"Johnno has got unbelievable power and aggression in his play. We've known him a long time now, he has matured, he is getting more mature as he grows up and he is realising the seriousness of the industry that he is in.

"Being out on loan has given him an insight into that and every challenge and every step that he has had he has managed to overcome that and get better.

"So we are excited and looking forward to seeing how he does in the first team."

O'Sullivan's versatility could play in his favour as the Dubliner can play anywhere across midfield or further forward.

"The beauty of him is he can play either side down the flanks," added Bowyer. "He can play down the middle. So he does provide you with options.

"He's got a hell of a shot on him and a good eye for goal so wherever we play him we'll be looking for him to create and score goals for us."

Supporters who haven't yet purchased tickets for today's game against Reading can purchase  tickets from the away end ticket office at the South Stand between gates 9 and 10 from 12.30pm on the day of the game. Cash and cards are accepted.

Admission prices are £10 for Adults and £5 for Seniors 65+, 17-21 year-olds and Juniors 16 and under.

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