Doncaster Rovers: McCann pledges opportunity for youngsters if they earn it

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Grant McCann says the door will be open for young players at Doncaster Rovers under his tenure.

McCann addressed the club's Under 18s squad on his first day on the job with Rovers and insisted they can earn an opportunity this season if they impress.

The likes of Danny Amos, Jacob Fletcher, Cody Prior, Morgan James and James Morris were all given game time for the senior side under Darren Ferguson last season and went on to earn professional contracts.

McCann is hopeful there will be more to come off the production line as he begins his leadership and says opportunities will be available.

"I spoke to the U18s and had a really good chat with them," McCann said.

"It was to say that it doesn't matter what age you are, whether you're 16 or 30, if you're good enough then you'll play.

"I said that to the young boys.

"They're not frozen out.

"I think I gave 14 players from the U18s their debut when I was at Peterborough, over the 17 months I was there.

"If they're good enough then they'll play."

McCann worked alongside Rovers Academy boss Kieran Scarff and senior development coach John Schofield during his time at Peterborough United and Scunthorpe United respectively.

"Kieran was the Under 15s manager when I came in to work with him," he said.

"And then he moved into an Academy manager role at Peterborough.

"I know him well and how he works. I know John Schofield, having been a coach of mine at Scunthorpe.

"It's been a nice introduction at this club."