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Sheaf developing at Rovers

20 August 2019

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Ben Sheaf has said he is enjoying his time at Rovers after putting pen to paper on a season-long loan from Arsenal in the summer.

A star of the Gunners U23s side, this season is the midfielders’ first in Sky Bet League One but he did pick up some league experience spending a short time at League Two Stevenage last season.

“League football is very different to U23s. There is less margin for error and there’s a lot more at stake – you’ve obviously got the crowd and the fans too, it’s great playing in front of them but there’s an added pressure there and it’s about learning how to handle that,” said Sheaf.

“I’ve got that League Two experience under my belt and that definitely helped me out, but League One is another step up. It’s been really good for me so far and I just want that to continue.

“I’m really enjoying my football here. The manager has been brilliant, the lads have been brilliant and I just want it to carry on really. I’ve been pretty happy with my own performances and I’d say Saturday was my best performance but the most important thing is the result and the three points.”

Sheaf generally lines up alongside Ben Whiteman and says he is learning a lot from Rovers’ skipper.

“Ben and I are pretty similar players and everyone knows his technical quality and his ability on the ball. I really enjoy playing alongside him and we have quite a good relationship in there. We try to dictate the game and get the team playing,” Sheaf added.

“I think we’ve done quite a good job but we’ve got room to develop and improve and the more we play with each other, the better we’ll play and the results will follow.

“I’m enjoying playing midfield, I feel like I’m adapting quite well but I don’t mind where I play, I just want to be out on the pitch in front of the fans playing as much as I can. Lining up alongside Ben is nice and then Copps is obviously a fantastic player I’m learning as much as I can from them.”

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