Rovers youngster Liam Mandeville wants to put an early season injury behind him and build his confidence as he looks to force his way back into the starting XI.
The forward who led the line with John Marquis at the start of the season lost his place through injury, but the 20-year-old is confident that he can perform in the third tier of English football.
“I have had a good pre-season and started the first game of this season, which I thought I played well in but an injury set me back a bit after the Blackburn game,” said Mandeville.
“I have been given a few opportunities by the gaffer and I haven’t really taken them yet, and I hope that I get another one because I will take it, I have put a lot of pressure on myself because of last season.
“I played well against Grimsby in the Checkatrade Trophy and have played alright in games after that, I have high expectations of myself and I definitely think I can play at this level and maybe higher.”
Mandeville, who burst onto the scenein the 2016/17 season by scoring 10 goals in 27 games, has learnt a lot from the senior professionals at the club.
“I have learnt a lot from the gaffer and Gavin Strachan and then I have learnt a lot from players such as James Coppinger, Tommy Rowe and John Marquis,” he added.
“I feel like I am part of the first-team squad now and all the senior players are all good lads, and it’s a really good squad to be in.
“Without a doubt we should be higher up in the league, we have shown in a few games that teams are not miles ahead of us and I believe if we keep the belief, that the results will come.”
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