Rovers defender hopes to inspire youngsters at the club to follow in his footsteps.Mitchell Lund expressed his delight at notching his first professional goal in last weeks’ win over Cambridge which subsequently set up a plum third round tie with Premier League Stoke City.
The 19 year old defender has been at the club since the age of 12.
“Words couldn’t really describe it (the goal) to be honest.
“You could see by my celebration that I didn’t really know what to do.
“There’s been a bit of banter about my celebration, mine was just a tap in whereas Conor Grant’s were class but a goal is a goal and we’re through to the next round.
“I was watching the draw at home and everyone wants a Premier League club so I was buzzing when it came out.”
Lund – speaking ahead of Saturday’s game against Crewe Alexandra – said he hoped to be a role model to those beneath him at the club, and that he had gained confidence under a blossoming relationship with new gaffer Darren Ferguson.
“It’s good to look up to. When I was in the youth team I looked up to James Husband and it’d be great to follow in his footsteps. The youth team can look to me or Harry Middleton or Billy Whitehouse,” he said.
“You can’t really think you’re going to win every game. It will be hard but we need to use the momentum that we’ve got at the moment and try as hard as we can as we always do.
“He (Ferguson) believes in me which gives me confidence but I’m still at a learning stage and every game is a learning curve for me – he’s helped me a lot already this season – and I’m hoping for more to come.”
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