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Davenport desperate to up the ante

It's been a frustrating time for the summer signing, but he's closing in on a first team return

29 October 2018

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Jacob Davenport is hoping to get 90 minutes under his belt for Rovers' Under-23s tonight, as he targets a place in the first team fold.

The 19-year-old, who joined on a four-year deal from Manchester City in the summer, has endured a 'frustrating start' to life at Rovers.

A number of niggling injuries have kept the midfielder sidelined this season, prior to a return to training earlier this month.

Davenport featured for an hour for the Under-23s at Brighton on October 19, before playing 75 minutes in the 6-0 Lancashire FA Senior Cup tie triumph over Blackpool last week.

He is expected to step up his fitness further in the Under-23s' game against Liverpool at Leyland tonight, as he looks to challenge for a place in the senior squad.

“Apart from last Friday night (against Brighton), my last game was the pre-season game at Accrington, so it was good to get the minutes," he said after the victory over Blackpool at Brockhall.

"I'm just trying to get match sharpness and match fitness back really.

"It's been a frustrating start. I've not been able to show the qualities I’ve got yet, but hopefully that will come now that I'm getting back to full fitness.

“Hopefully I can stay out of that physio room and kick on.

“I’ve been back training for a few weeks now, so the next stage is just building up my minutes.

“I got 60 the other night (at Brighton) and 75 today (against Blackpool), so hopefully I can get 90 minutes in me soon.

“I just need that match sharpness and as many minutes as possible.”

Buoyed by words of encouragement from his manager, Davenport insists he has found it easy to settle into his new surroundings, despite his injury set-backs.

The midfielder is pleased to be part of such a 'tight-knit' group and is excited by what the future holds.

“He’s been positive with me, telling me to keep my head up and not get too frustrated with the injuries," Davenport added, when asked about boss Tony Mowbray.

"Just get my match fitness and the sharpness back into my legs and hopefully when I can get back fit I can start pushing to get into the squad again.

“It’s all been new, joining a new club, but I’m just looking forward to the challenge and hopefully I can push into that first team side.

"That's the aim - to get into that first team side, hopefully week-in week-out. I just need to get my head down and believe in myself.

“Settling in has been easy, but I would have liked to have been fully fit and with the lads every single day.

“I’ve been in the gym most of the time, but the lads have been good and have settled me in well.

"It’s a tight-knit team and we’re in a good position in the table at the minute, so hopefully we can do big things this year.”

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