Bobby Faulkner says he’s looking forward to challenging himself again in the Papa John’s Trophy tie against Newcastle United U21s on Tuesday night.
The 18-year-old made his first ever career start in the win over Northampton Town on Saturday, putting in a commanding performance as Rovers earned their first clean sheet since the opening day of the campaign.
On taking his chance:
“It’s another chance to show what I’ve got and prove to the manager, my team mates and the supporters what I can bring to the table.
“It’s a competition which with Wembley at the end of it has its motivations but we’ve just got to focus on this game and nothing further.
“It’s been strange coming on in the last few minutes of games and trying to make an impact. Making my debut was amazing and then building from there has been brilliant.
“The manager threw me on as a striker in the first couple of games, I tried to do that and repay the faith he showed in me.”
On the confidence he’s gained from Gary McSheffrey and the players around him:
“It’s given me a lot of confidence having the trust of the manager, knowing he believes in me has made me feel even stronger.
“Things have happened quite quickly but I’ve tried to take it in my stride. I’d like to think I’ve taken my opportunity so the key now is to build on that.
“The manager has told me to keep doing what I’m doing, whether that’s in training or in games I’ve got to try and make an impact.
“There are some young players that might not be as vocal when they first come into the team, but the loan I had at Frickley last season really helped me to do that.
“I’ve got the confidence to communicate, the lads have encouraged me to do it and I feel I’m a better playing by using my voice so that is what I’ll keep doing.”