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Griffiths' Rovers learning curve readies him to take centre stage

28 April 2022

Reo Griffiths feels his first few months at Rovers have prepared him for his form to ‘explode’ next season.

Speaking ahead of Rovers’ final game of the season at Oxford United on Saturday, the striker said he has learned plenty since arriving at the Eco-Power Stadium in January for his first taste of senior football.

And he is looking to hit the ground running as Rovers look to deliver a swift response at the start of the new campaign.

Reo Griffiths on his first few months at Rovers:

“It’s gone very quickly, getting up to the speed of things with first team football.

“I came into this club as a fresh start and it’s been very intense, with a lot of games coming very thick and fast.

“It’s been an exciting time.

“Everyone here has been very welcoming and brilliant with me. I feel like I made the right decision to come to the club.

“I’m playing football and that’s what is important for me as I start off my career.

“When you’re at Academy level it’s more about developing as a player but at the first team, everything has to be precise.

“You have to adapt very quickly or the Football League will eat you alive. You have to be prepared.”

On the advice of the squad’s more experienced players:

“The older players, I’m always asking them questions and they’re speaking to me about what they’ve experienced in football.

“It’s interesting to hear their opinions and what they have to say about football. Some of them have played hundreds of games.

“I’m always in conversations with Tommy Rowe about football.”

On this season for Rovers:

“It’s passed us now. When I first came I knew it was going to be a tough battle.

“We did everything we could. Shout out to the lads, we were pushed and pushed.

“We’ve been getting results, it’s just come a little too late but you can see where you’re coming from, how good we are as a team and I’m sure we can push on from that next season and come straight back up.”

On the support of Rovers fans:

“I’m sure they can see my potential.

“I want it to be my main focus, even in the late stages of games, to bring something to the table and have the quick fire in the late minutes.

“I’m really happy the fans can see that in me.”

On looking ahead to next season:

“I think I’ve played 15 games now. It’s a lot and I wasn’t expecting to play that many games.

“For my first half season, I feel I can use that for next season and there will be a lot of games.

“Hopefully I can do well, push on and explode from there.

“The plan is to get 15-20 goals, and hopefully more. 

“We’ve got a very good team here that can help me get those goals.

“We’ve been working quite a bit on the training field to be more possession based and you can see from the last few games that we’ve had a lot of the ball and created a lot of chances.

“That has put a smile on my face and I think we’ll carry that into next season to get those goals.”

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