Doncaster Rovers: Billy Whitehouse targets mentors’ slots

Billy Whitehouse
Billy Whitehouse

Billy Whitehouse is determined to use what he has learned from James Coppinger and Harry Forrester to move ahead of them in the Rovers pecking order.

The Mexborough-born winger last week signed a new two-year contract with Rovers and has set his sights on regular first team appearances during the coming season.

“The aim now is to get as many appearances as I can,” Whitehouse said.

“I’ve just turned 19 and I have learned a lot from the likes of Harry Forrester and Copps.

“Now I want to do what they are doing on a weekly basis and try and push on and get a regular first team place.”

Whitehouse is highly thought of by the Rovers coaching staff and the door for first team outings has been opened further after Kyle Bennett’s departure from the club.

The 19-year-old made his full debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Notts County last December plus six other appearances off the bench last season.

Whitehouse admits he did not expect to be involved in first team games as much after being named in the squad on 21 occasions last term.

He said: “Last season was a real learning curve for me especially making a few appearances for the first team but I really want to kick on now and get a few more appearances over the next two years.

“I didn’t real expect to be involved at all if I’m honest but to have played some games against some good teams, especially MK Dons that was probably the hardest game I’ve played in.

“I’m delighted to have signed the new deal.

“Obviously two-years is quiet a long time for a young lad and it’s a good time for me to develop now and hopefully push for the first team.”

While pleased with his first team appearances, Whitehouse says his playing time with Rob Jones’ successful development squad last season was vital.

He said: “Those games are really important.

“It’s a good learning curve as you are up against some first team players who are coming back from injury or not getting as much first team as they’d like.

“Jonah [Rob Jones] is going to be straight with you and he isn’t going to tell you that you’ve played well when you haven’t.”

Whitehouse first arrived at Rovers in 2008 as part of the club’s Academy.

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