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Audition time for our youngsters

The futures of a number of young Rovers could be decided during pre-season, and Tony Mowbray has urged them to grab the opportunity with both hands

8 July 2019

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Opportunity will knock for a number of Rovers starlets this pre-season, but they'll have to impress Tony Mowbray in these next few weeks to secure a place in the first team squad.

The likes of Andy Fisher, Scott Wharton, Joe Grayson and Dan Butterworth were all handed run-outs by the boss in the first pre-season game of the summer against Barrow at the weekend, where Rovers earned a 2-1 away win.

Matty Platt and Stefan Mols were also in the squad at Holker Street, with Corry Evans, Charlie Mulgrew, Ryan Nyambe and Jayson Leutwiler all given the weekend off, whilst Harry Chapman, Amari'i Bell and Derrick Williams missed out through injury and illness.

And Mowbray admits the youngsters will need to seize their opportunity in pre-season to be part of the squads when the new competitive campaign kicks off at the beginning of next month.

“The youngsters are enjoying pre-season and we’re enjoying having them around," the boss admitted.

“The intensity levels are really high, the numbers have been good and I think that’s because there are a number of young players in the group with us.

“Good for them. It’s a big year for all of them this season. A few dropped into the first team last season.

“Some will go out on loan and play League One or League Two football, but some of them will stay around the team and try to make an impact on the side.

“It’s good for the youngsters to be in the first team environment, an environment that they will become more used to on a regular basis, hopefully.”

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