DONCASTER ROVERS: Youths back on Cup trail

James Husband: Broke into the first team last season after signing 30-month contract with Rovers
James Husband: Broke into the first team last season after signing 30-month contract with Rovers

DONCASTER Rovers will again fly the flag for the Football League in the prestigious Gothia Youth Cup in Gothenburg later this month.

Head of Youth Paul Wilson is confident that the team, who have been back in training for a week, will give a good account of itself in the invitation-only tournament which attracts teams from all over the world.

“The youth team goes in a two-year cycle and we’ve got a very young side this season so it will be a big test for everybody playing in an under-19s tournament,” he told The Star.

“But they’ve been brought up the right way and I’m sure that they will do their best.

“We did extremely well last season to not only finish third in the Gothia Cup, but also to finish runners-up in the North East Alliance and win the National Alliance Cup.

“We also had six of the side, including defender James Husband, who finished the season in the first team, sign professional contracts.

“To think that could happen again next season would be foolish. All we can hope for at this stage of the season is that the lads give of their best and try their hardest. If they do that then who knows what it will bring them at the end of the season.

“We are happy with the quality of the players we’ve brought in. A lot of the lads we’ve signed are local lads who have come through our Centre of Excellence. We’ve also brought in two from outside who we had been watching since Christmas.

“We are extremely hopeful that the lads we’ve brought in will all do well and that we’ll continue to move forward.

“The standards have been set by the six players that (manager) Dean Saunders has taken on during the summer.

“That is the standard that they have got to reach, or get very close. If they can do that then they know they’ll have a chance. It is very encouraging that under Dean they’ve been given an opportunity.”

The North Branch of the Supporters’ Club are holding their AGM at Carcroft WMC tonight. Rovers’ chief executive Gavin Baldwin will be in attendance. Saunders will be attending the main branch AGM at the Lakeside Bar at the Keepmoat tomorrow night. Both are open to all.