Niall Ennis has said he is settling in well at Rovers and is pleased with the welcome he has had at the club.
Speaking to the media team from his parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ennis talked about his loan spell with Rovers and discussed his first professional goal.
“It’s been a good transition into men’s football and I’ve enjoyed it so far. It’s a good bunch of lads and staff, which has made settling in really easy. We’ve had a lot of games but that’s what we’re here for,” he said.
“There is a good range of ages, senior and young players, but it’s a good vibe around the team and you need a good dressing room to help you on and off the pitch. If you get along off the pitch, you’ll get extra percentages on the pitch and morale is good at the moment.”
“The first day when we met the manager, he said that we were coming here to play and that’s what you want to hear when you join a club, you don’t want to just make up numbers. He’s given us his trust, so we need to pay it back by putting in performances.”
Ennis has had a good reception from Rovers fans due to his hard-work on the pitch but was delighted to register his first professional goal in a 2-1 win against Lincoln City.
“League football is real football, fighting for proper points, everything has a meaning. Sometimes, because you know it’s under-23s, you can be off it occasionally, whereas here you’re fighting for your place in the team and always have to be on it, which really suits me. It’s physical, but we want to be play football here,” Ennis added.
“It was good to get off the mark and I have confidence in myself, so hopefully it’s the first of many. The previous week I had a chance where I was running and I hesitated when it came to the shot so this time I thought ‘I’m a striker, I need to shoot’, so I went for it and luckily enough it went in.
“I think I needed this loan to mature a bit, to go away from Wolves and get some real minutes. I’m picking up little techniques on how to use my body because I’m playing against more physical, seasoned defenders who’ve played for years, some in the Premier League. I’m learning technically, mentally and tactically, and that’s what you go on loan for.”