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Gribble excited by challenge with Rovers Academy

12 May 2022

Chad Gribble said the potential of the Rovers Academy provided the biggest point of attraction for him joining the club.

Gribble was this week confirmed as the club’s new head professional development coach, overseeing the U18 and seeking to ensure players are ready to graduate into senior football.

The 33-year-old left the equivalent role at Exeter City to join Rovers and is excited to get started at the Eco-Power Stadium.

“I think there’s a lot of potential here and it was a role that really excited me,” he said.

“I was delighted when I got the call and the news that the club wanted to offer me the position.

“I’ve been here a couple of weeks and it’s been good to get to know the club and what is needed from me within the role.

“I can’t wait to get started properly in pre-season.

“It takes more than one person to bring players through and I’ve seen here already a really dedicated multi-disciplinary group of staff that are willing to put in the time and effort that is needed to develop these players.

“That is eventually where you get your success from.

“It’s no accident. It’s through hard work and dedication, giving these players your time and all the support and knowledge you have.

“I’ve been part of a process that has done it and achieved it before at this kind of level and hopefully I can replicate that here.”

Exeter have garnered a reputation as one of the top young player production lines in English football and Gribble is determined to replicate that with Rovers.

“I’ve had a fantastic grounding in a great football club that’s produced a lot of players over a number of years for a consistent period of time,” he said.

“I hope to be able to bring something similar to Doncaster.

“When you spend that amount of time coaching and working with people of good quality, you end up picking up some important bits of information along the way.

“It’s something I’ve dedicated my life to up to this point and I’m ready to move into something new where I can share my experiences so far.”

Gribble has spent the last few weeks working with the U18 group at Rovers and has been impressed with what he has seen so far.

“I think they’re honest and incredibly hard working,” he said. “There’s some good players in there with some talent.

“It’s not easy and the scholarship goes so fast. Before you know it you’re at the end of your two years and you’re facing those questions about whether you’ve been successful in gaining a professional contract.

“I’ve been really impressed with the way the players go about their day to day and how they’ve bought into some of the ideas we’ve tried to implement already.

“Some of those could change and develop over the coming weeks.

“I’ve got no doubt the players will give themselves the best chance if they continue to show that mindset and mentality they’ve shown so far.”


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