IT hasn’t taken Doncaster Rovers’ summer signing Kyle Bennett long to establish himself as a fans’ favourite at the Championship club.
There is an air of expectancy every time the former Bury man gets the ball and he is starting to earn himself a reputation among Championship defenders.
Bennett was initially brought in with a view to being ‘one for the future’ given his age and lack of experience at Championship level.
But with injuries to three front men hitting the club hard in their opening games, Bennett has got his chance probably earlier than would otherwise have been the case.
“When I came here my aim was to try and get into the team as quickly as possible,” he told The Star. “My philosophy is if you do well you get games.
“Injuries have probably helped me get in the team a bit quicker than otherwise might have been the case but whose to say that I wouldn’t have played if there hadn’t have been any injuries.”
The 20 year-old scored on his starting debut for Rovers in their 3-0 Carling Cup win over Tranmere Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium with a tremendous 20 yard effort
“It was good to get off the mark early and I was pleased with the goal,” he said. “There is no better feeling than scoring and I also enjoy assists.
“I always set a target for the season of double figures but I realise that it is going to be tough at this level. “But if I can manage it, or get close, it would help the team.
Bennett’s pace means that he is able to play in several attacking roles.
He said: “I’m happy to play in a three up front, playing either side of the striker or just off him. But I’ll try and fit in wherever the manager wants me to play.”
He added: “The championship is quicker than I thought it would be but I expected it to be more difficult than League Two.
“It was tough on Saturday because they were a Premier League side last season and they’ve still got a lot of players who have played at that level.
“I thought that I did all right but I thought that I could have done better. It was a disappointing result in the end as it was on Tuesday against Nottingham Forest.
“I feel that there is a lot more to come from me. I feel that I’ve improved as a player while I’ve been here.
“You are bound to improve working under a manager like we’ve got here. You learn something new every day. It is also helping to bring me on training with the quality of players at the club.”
Despite Rovers’ start. Bennett claims: “I still think that we are capable of winning any game in this division. “It will be tough at Derby on Saturday but I think that we can go there and pick up a win.”