Doncaster Rovers: Flynn: I’m ready to give youth a chance to shine

Chance: Jordan Ball could be in line for a call-up to the senior side.
Chance: Jordan Ball could be in line for a call-up to the senior side.

BRIAN Flynn has opened the door for the young members of his squad to plug the gaps opened by injuries.

In a matter of a three week spell, Rovers have gone from a clean bill of health to having five senior players on the treatment table.

And although he looks set to enter the loan market to boost his ranks, Flynn insists some of the youth team graduates could have a part to play at this difficult time.

“I’ve been really impressed with the young players at this club this season,” he said.

“Jordan Ball and Liam Wakefield in particular are doing really well.

“They’ve both trained well and neither of them look out of place among the first team set-up.

“If I had to put them in before the end of the season I would have faith in them that they could do a job.”

Flynn’s belief in the young players is shared by new assistant boss David Williams, who worked as a youth coach with Manchester United and Norwich.

Williams said: “The young lads I’ve come across here so far are the ones with the senior squad.

“And I’ve got to say they’ve fitted in very well.

“I’d agree with what Brian has said in that they don’t stand out as being young players in being naive or anything like that.

“If you’d have asked me on that first Monday after the training session to pick them out from the group, I’d have struggled to do it.”

Flynn has an ambition of having a group of development players at Rovers in the future.

And he believes Williams is the perfect coach to help create that.

He said: “David has played a major part in successful players of the clubs he’s been at over the years.

“Youth is an important part of his coaching manual and that can only be of benefit to Doncaster Rovers.”

On the senior front, Flynn insists there has been a business-as-usual attitude on the training ground following Rovers’ recent blip.

He believes his players have become even more determined to succeed following a haul of just one point from the last three games.

“I’ve not seen any change in the mood in the camp, it’s been fine,” he said.

“The only difference is there’s probably more determination to make sure we get things right.

“There’s always been plenty of determination from this group but I’d probably say more so after the recent results.”

Flynn has called for on loan striker Emile Sinclair to contribute more towards the promotion chase.

He also quashed fears the Peterborough forward is lacking fitness.

“He’s most certainly got to do more,” Flynn said.

“Emile hasn’t set the world alight here.

“He hasn’t come in and been blistering and made an impact yet.

“I’m sure he can do that but we haven’t seen much of that yet.

“We speak to him many times throughout the week and let him know what we expect from him.

“He’s mentioned a couple of times that his hamstrings are tight and we’re working with the medical team to help him sort that out.

“But there are no concerns over his general fitness.”