Rovers: New signing Bennett ‘brings excitement’, says Doncaster boss O’Driscoll

Pace and personality: Kyle Bennett, in action for Bury, is full of potential says Sean O'Driscoll.
Pace and personality: Kyle Bennett, in action for Bury, is full of potential says Sean O'Driscoll.
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Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll says he is delighted at the signing of Kyle Bennett from League One side Bury

The 20-year-old had an excellent season last year at Gigg Lane and was highly coveted by O’Driscoll before he made his move.

He told the Rovers website: “We were aware of Kyle at Bury. Kyle is full of potential and think that the market we’re in and the one that we have to make the most of, he has bags of pace, bright and bags of personality.

“He has a good pedigree in the sense that he comes from good footballing stock.”

The 5ft 5in winger is the brother of new Norwich City signing Elliott Bennett, who played a big part in Brighton’s promotion from League One last season.

O’Driscoll said: “He’s (Kyle) not played that many games and it has been his brother who has caught the headlines with his exploits at Brighton.

“He’s slightly different to what we have got here and the world is his oyster at the minute. He brings a little bit of excitement to the place.”

Rovers have added again to their squad with the arrival of 18-year-old James Baxendale.

The Doncaster born midfielder has signed a one-year deal with the club after coming through the ranks of Leeds United. After finding the route to the Leeds first team clogged up by manager Simon Grayson’s large squad Baxendale said he was delighted to be signing for a Sean O’Driscoll coached team.

He said: “I like the style of play and the brand of football that the fans get to watch at the Keepmoat. When I knew the boss was interested he didn’t really have to sell the football club to me.”

Baxendale describes his playing style as that of a young Joe Cole and is hoping to show Rovers fans a trick or two.

“Flair is definitely part of my game. I’m looking forward to developing that under Sean O’Driscoll and the coaches here. Pre-season can’t come soon enough,” he said.