BRIAN Flynn says John Lundstram’s loan move to Rovers will be the first step on the road to a career at the highest level.
The England U19 skipper is highly rated following his development at parent club Everton.
And Flynn is backing him to begin fulfilling his potential with his first experience of senior football at Rovers.
He said: “When you’re young, people talk about your potential and there’s a lot of talk about John.
“I’m sure this is a pathway to a very successful career at the highest level for him.
“It’s a big thing for him to make the decision to come here for his first loan move and see what life is like in League One.
“I know he’ll adapt.
“He’s bright, he’s clever and allied to his other abilities he’s going to be a big asset for us.
“John himself is very excited about coming to us which is really important. I’m absolutely delighted he is here.”
Lundstram describes himself as a box-to-box midfielder, strong in the tackle but with good distribution.
The 19-year-old has been lauded for his partnership with former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Ross Barkley in Everton’s U21 side.
Along with Lundstram, Rovers boss Flynn again has taken a gamble on youthful hunger to help get Rovers over the promotion finishing line.
The Welshman sealed a deal for Burnley midfielder Cameron Howieson yesterday on a youth loan until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old New Zealand youth international has been limited to eight minutes of senior football with the Clarets.
But Howieson – who played for the New Zealand side at the London 2012 Olympics – is aiming to hit the ground running with Rovers.
He said: “It’s my first loan move out so it’s a big experience for me but one I’m really looking forward to.
“I can’t wait to play and I’m desperate to help Doncaster get into the Championship.
“I’ve been told to come here and enjoy it and that’s what I intend to do.
“I love to get on the ball, move it along and try and create chances.”
Both Howieson and Lundstram look set to go straight into the Rovers squad for Saturday’s visit of Yeovil Town.
Rovers confirmed yesterday that injury-troubled centre back Shelton Martis has had his contract with the club cancelled by mutual consent.