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Youngsters are our future, says Mowbray

“The Buckleys, the Butterworths, the Magloires, Stefan Mols, the challenge is there for them to become first team players"

3 April 2019

Tony Mowbray believes that the current crop of Rovers youngsters are good enough to play a part in the first team at some point - otherwise he wouldn't have handed a number of them new contracts.

Charley Doyle was the latest youngster to put pen-to-paper earlier this week, joining the likes of Stefan Mols, Dan Butterworth, John Buckley and Lewis Thompson in committing their futures to the club.

And discussing the Academy system, which has seen each of the quintet come through the ranks, Mowbray says it's important to keep hold of a core group of starlets who he feels will play a part in the first team sooner rather than later.

“It’s only worth tying young players down if you believe in their talent, I’d suggest," the boss told iFollow Rovers.

“We have some really good young players and we need to be mindful of that. I’ve said that all season and said that when we signed the Davenports, the Rothwells, the Breretons.

“They’re all a part of the underbelly of the club and at some stage will be main players for us.

“The Buckleys, the Butterworths, the Magloires, Stefan Mols, the challenge is there for them to become first team players. The main thing for them is time.

“We’ll have to decide whether the next step for them is to get in and around the first team with us or whether they’ll go out on loan to League One or League Two to play football and to try and get in a team that’s all about the three points.

“That’s the test for the young players, because whether it’s next season or the season after, these young players will want to be main players for us."

And as well as praising the Owner for continuing to support the club's Academy, Mowbray has also been pleased to see the talent continue to come off the conveyor belt from within.

“The Academy system have had a lot of money pumped into it by the owners, to keep that Category One status," Mowbray added.

"They’re spending up to £3.5m a year on the Academy, which keeps increasing.

“If you’re getting players through then it’s worth it. We’ve produced a Travis and a Nyambe already. It’s good for any team to have players that have come through the system."


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