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Rovers keepers make swift impression on Bennett

22 June 2022

Ian Bennett says he has been impressed by the desire to learn shown by Rovers’ keepers after being appointed the club’s new first team goalkeeping coach.

The 50-year-old’s first day on the job coincided with the return for pre-season for the Rovers squad and he was soon on the training pitch with keepers Jonathan Mitchell, Louis Jones and Ben Bottomley.

“It’s a good mix,” he said of the group.

“The good thing about them is they are all willing to learn, they’re willing to push each other and they want to be successful for Doncaster Rovers.

“We’ve got to get the team's involvement but usually we do our own thing.

“We’ll spend a lot of time together, get the camaraderie going and it can only be healthy competition for places.”

Bennett has previously coached at Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town.

The Worksop-born former Birmingham City keeper was impressed by the plans laid out by first team manager Gary McSheffrey before agreeing to join and is confident the goals for the coming campaign can be achieved.

“It was a clean slate for me, the goalkeepers and all the players,” he said.

“It was a good time to come in on the first day of pre-season. I know what pre-seasons are like as a player. Hopefully the lads enjoy it, they have a smile on their faces every day.

“We want the best for the players and we have to provide that.

“We all know what we want from this season and if we can put that into the players, hopefully we can go forward quite quickly.”

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