Doncaster Rovers set to have plenty in reserve

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Doncaster Rovers WILL play competitive reserve team football again next season.

Brian Flynn confirmed at yesterday’s weekly press conference that Rovers will return to the Central League for the 2013/14 campaign.

“It’s done,” said Flynn.

“We’re in the Central League next season.

“It’s been a crazy situation to be honest. It’s nobody’s fault and I’m not blaming anyone.

“Take our options at centre back. I know we’ve got Tommy Spurr who can play in there, and James Husband can switch to left back.

“But an example is Liam Wakefield. I’d trust Liam to come in and do a good job - but he’s played ninety minutes in three months.

“How crazy is that?

“There’s players that have been in the squad, on the subs bench, that have hardly played.

“Jon Maxted’s played three games all season for instance.

“Cameron Howieson’s another one. He’s been here ten weeks and not played a single game.

“These lads have trained hard but they’re not getting games.

“They should be playing regular competitive reserve team football and thankfully next season we’ll be able to offer that.”

Bridging the gap between Rovers’ first team and youth team has been a priority for Flynn ever since he took over from Dean Saunders.

The reserve team will be a vital learning curve for five youth players set to pen professional contracts with Rovers.

“I spoke to five lads on Tuesday,” said Flynn.

“I can’t say anything else but the good news is that four of them are from Doncaster.”