Youngster stakes claim for permanent starting XI position.Harry Middleton has said that he is hoping to nail down a regular starting spot under Rovers manager Darren Ferguson.
Ferguson’s recent arrival at Keepmoat Stadium has provided everyone with a “clean slate” to work from, according to the twenty year old midfielder.
“He will have spoken to the staff here before so will have an idea about me as a player.
“It’s a chance for me to impress because everyone starts with a clean slate.
“He’s given me a few chances and something to build from, so hopefully he’ll keep me in.
“I expect that, being a younger lad, if I’m in I’ve got to do everything I can to stay there. If I’m out then I’ve got to keep my head, keep working and get myself back in.
“The main thing for me is to keep progressing and to continue to give the manager something to think about each game.”
Middleton, who progressed through the youth ranks at Rovers, has so far made 15 appearances in all competitions and his first start under the new boss didn’t go unnoticed.
“You’ve got your own opinions of how it’s gone but it’s good to get some positive feedback from someone like that,” Middleton said of Ferguson.
“When he came in and played a side which left me on the bench, I got my head down and kept my focus so that it would be a difficult decision to leave me out.
“I had a couple of chances on Tuesday night but I just need to be a bit more clinical and make sure the final pass or shot gets there or hits the target.”