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Buckley keen to repay the faith

“Being involved and getting quite a few minutes, it shows that the gaffer believes in me and trusts me"

9 September 2019

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John Buckley's targeting a first Championship start soon enough, and is eager to keep impressing boss Tony Mowbray by producing consistent displays.

The youngster, who has been with Rovers since arriving at the Academy at the age of six, has emerged off the bench plenty of times already this season, and earned a first start for the club in the Carabao Cup clash against Sheffield United last month.

The teenager, who doesn't turn 20 until next month, has played in six of Rovers' first eight games of the campaign so far, and has shown no fear when playing in the blue-and-white.

So how has he found it?

“I’ve really enjoyed the season so far and I think it’s been a good start to the campaign for us over the first month," he revealed to iFollow Rovers.

“Being involved and getting quite a few minutes, it shows that the gaffer believes in me and trusts me. He sees me as part of his squad and my aim is to repay that faith by performing as best as I can.

“It’s a good feeling and I want to keep kicking on and playing well when I’m on the pitch.

“I knew it would be an important summer for me and I didn’t really have a break. I just kept training and kept myself ticking over whilst I was on holiday.

“I’m fit throughout the summer, which puts me in good stead when I came back for pre-season. Playing games has helped me progress already this season.

“The experience of playing in front of big crowds and with senior players, who have given me constructive criticism at times, has really helped a lot.

“They’ve been giving me little tips and have been great with me so far," the youngster added.

“There’s a competitive edge in the camp but everyone respects each other and pushed each other on.

“When I’m training I try to be the best player. My aim is to get a first Championship start and keep pushing on."

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