Irish star has impressed Rovers top brass with his quality on the ball

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Former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United midfielder Alan Quinn has made an impact on Doncaster Rovers’ management.

Quinn has caught assistant manager Richard O’Kelly’s eye in his first game for the club at Field Mill against Mansfield Town on Tuesday night.

The 32-year-old was released by Ipswich Town at the end of last season. A groin injury prevented him playing a single first team match during his final year in Suffolk.

However, O’Kelly believed he has the qualities that could tempt Rovers and was generally pleased with the team’s level of performance against the Stags.

“Allan Quinn is an experienced player and he does what it says on the tin,” he said. “He keeps the ball well and understands what he is doing both with and without it.

“I thought it was another good work-out at Mansfield on Tuesday. We again fielded two different teams and the players showed a good understanding and enthusiasm.

“Mansfield posed us different problems to what Barrow did. They’ve got a lot of players who have played in the Football League and on that performance they’ll be one of the favourites in the Conference next season.

“They’ve got a lot of experience and a good way of playing and in Adam Murray they’ve got a player who will probably be one of the better players in the Conference.

“I thought their organisation was first class and they gave us real problems trying to break them down - especially in the first half.

“We did better in the second half and there was an understanding of what we needed to do.”

Former Burnley midfielder Kevin McDonald is another to impress O’Kelly. He said: “He’s been with us for a couple of weeks and he’s enjoying it here. He seems to get better with every session and he’s looking the part.”

Rovers make a second trip to Cumbria in eight days tomorrow to take on Carlisle United at Brunton Park in a friendly which also doubles as a testimonial for defender Sean McDaid.

The popular left-back, who battled his way back to fitness after a long-term knee injury during his time at Rovers, suffered another serious knee injury playing for the League One side last season and was advised to hang up his boots earlier this year.

“We were sorry to learn that Sean had had to pack up playing but he’s the sort of personality who whatever he does in life will make a success of it so we wish him well as a club,” said O’Kelly. “Hopefully tomorrow’s game will be a great occasion for Sean.”