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Their opportunity will come

9 September 2017

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Tony Mowbray believes there is talent coming through the ranks at Rovers and feels the chance will come for several of the team's talented youngsters.

The Rovers boss gave senior debuts to Andy Fisher, Matty Platt, Lewis Travis and Joe Nuttall in the recent Checkatrade Trophy win over Stoke City, whilst Jack Doyle and Willem Tomlinson made their first starts.

But despite adding Rekeem Harper and Sam Hart to his squad on deadline day, he doesn't feel the new additions will hamper the progress of the players coming through the Under-23 squad.

"I had long conversations with Damien (Johnson) and David (Dunn) about bringing such young players into the club," said Mowbray.

"I think those young players are just a bit more experienced and know what is required.

"But I've seen every game that the Under-23s have played and we've got some very talented players, some very driven Under-23s.

"We've got the right coaches with them in Damien and David at the moment. I talk to them coaches every day and try to make them aware that they've got to keep these young players - the likes of Lewis Travis, Joe Grayson, Lewis Hardcastle, Willem Tomlinson, Jack Doyle, Joe Nuttall - they have to believe that there is an opportunity just round the corner and they have to keep pushing and pushing.

"I'm pretty sure that their opportunity will come but they have to realise that football is not play two good games and expect everything to change in your life. You have to work hard over a period of time and if they are still producing the performances and the energy and drive that they are showing early in the season then I'm sure that when opportunities come through either injury or suspension, they'll get thrown in, they'll be picked.

"I thought in the Checkatrade the other week, Travis was fantastic in the first half with his runs in joining in and getting in behind the opposition, his energy he showed was great.

"I sat and watched them the other night with Paul Cook and Peter Reid from Wigan and they were eulogising about our midfield of Hardcastle and Tomlinson, the best two players on the pitch. Yet they had a massively experienced team on the pitch.

"So it is looking bright, it is looking good. I do enjoy watching the 23s. I think there are some real talents there, and the coaches that are working with them on a daily basis have got the perfect personalities to drive them forward and I'm sure that there'll be a success story with the development of the young players at the club."

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