Doncaster Rovers: On loan striker told to be ready

Waiting in the wings: Emile Sinclair has been told he has a big part to play at Rovers
Waiting in the wings: Emile Sinclair has been told he has a big part to play at Rovers
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BRIAN Flynn believes on loan striker Emile Sinclair will have a major role to play in Rovers final push for promotion.

The highly-rated 25-year-old will spend the rest of the season at the Keepmoat but has only managed 92 minutes of football since his arrival on January 4.

Despite his limited opportunities so far since his switch from Peterborough United, Sinclair has been reassured by Rovers boss Flynn he will get his chance – if he is ready to take it.

Flynn said: “We’ve had numerous chats with Emile.

“It’s difficult for him to have come in at the time he did because the team have been winning.

“That’s made it very difficult for him to break into the side.

“My advice for Emile is when the opportunity comes for him to take it.

“He will certainly have a big role to play between now and the end of the season,” he added.

“I say to players that every game is 14 v 14 because you have the opportunity to play three substitutes.

“Barring injury, you usually bring a sub on to try and improve things and change the game. So those subs sitting on the bench and the players watching in the stands have got to be ready to take a chance when it comes.”

The Leeds-born striker was transfer-listed along with three Posh team mates after a breach of club discipline in November.

Prior to that, he played a key role in securing attacking-minded Peterborough’s Championship status last season with 13 goals.

Flynn says Sinclair offers different attributes to the other forwards at Rovers and that should guarantee him an opportunity in the future.

“He’s different from the other options we’ve got,” Flynn said. “Emile likes to run behind, he’s got really good pace and he’s a different sort to the likes of Chris Brown.

“Chris is what I see as a traditional centre forward.

“Iain Hume is forever working hard, busy and disturbing defenders.

“And James Coppinger can play up there as well.

“We’ve got plenty of options which can be both a good and bad thing for someone trying to secure a place.”

Rovers are still waiting to discover the extent of the ankle injury David Syers suffered in the defeat at Bury.