Doncaster Rovers: Brian Flynn’s verdict on youth team graduates

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Four young players are vying for the attention of Paul Dickov this pre-season, eager to make their mark.

Ben Askins, Lewis Ferguson, Mitchell Lund and Billy Whitehouse are all expected to pen their first professional contracts this summer after being offered terms at Doncaster.

Sports writer Paul Goodwin spoke to Rovers’ director of football and reserve team boss Brian Flynn about what fans can expect from the teenage quartet.

Ben Askins

Centre half, aged 18, born Middlesbrough.

Ben’s a big centre half and a powerful lad.

Unfortunately he’s had some injuries problems in the past but he’s responded really well.

One of Ben’s biggest attributes is his desire.He’s got a huge desire to become a professional footballer.

Ben know’s what he’s good at.

I think he’s in with an outside chance of challenging for a first team spot this season.

Lewis Ferguson

Winger, 17, born: Doncaster.

Lewis is an exciting young player. He’s another one with a very good attitude.

He’s very unpredictable in the final third - in a good way - which makes life difficult for opposition defenders.

Lewis’ strength is taking players on, one v one, that’s his strength. He can go both ways, cut inside or get to the by-line.

He can play from the right or left, or in the number ten role just behind a striker.

Mitchell Lund

Right back, 17, born West Yorkshire.

Mitchell is one of the twins at the club. He’s a very versatile player.

He can play right back, or in a defensive midfield role. Mitchell’s a team player.

He’s got a very good understanding of the game tactically, and when you give him instructions you know he’ll carry those out to the best of his ability.

He’s not someone who stands out immediately but he’s one of the first names on the teamsheet because of his attitude and application.

Billy Whitehouse

Winger, 18, born: Doncaster.

Billy’s a similar player to Lewis Ferguson. He can player out wide or off a striker.

He’s had a good last year, and forced his way into the manager’s thinking towards the end of last season.

Billy’s another exciting player going forward, and can play from both sides. He loves taking players on.

Flynn’s final word: These four lads have been given a chance, but this is just the start for them. This is just the first step on the ladder.

Their challenge now is to try and force their way into the first team squad and make an impression on the manager. They’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of them.