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McCann impressed by Bailey's hunger

20 June 2023


McCann impressed by Bailey's hunger

20 June 2023

Grant McCann says the hunger and determination shown by Owen Bailey over his career so far ticked plenty of boxes for a potential Rovers signing.

The midfielder - who agreed a two-year deal with Rovers earlier this month - spent the last two seasons with Gateshead following his release by boyhood club Newcastle United.

And McCann has been impressed by the impact the 24-year-old made with Gateshead in his bid to fight his way back to league football.

“He had the knock back from Newcastle and he had to build himself back up again. For the last two years he’s been outstanding for Gateshead and everyone you speak to will tell you that.

“Now he’s got the benchmark to go one more into League Two and hopefully be successful with us.

“These are the type of people that we want to work with - with hunger, determination and the winning mentality.

“Owen has won a title and he’s been involved in a team that was successful last year in their first season in the National League.”

Bailey also impressed McCann with his desire to join Rovers.

The midfielder spent time on trial with the club two years ago and admitted he has always remained keen on securing a permanent stay.

“There was quite a bit of interest in him, particularly from the Scottish Premier League with clubs wanting to get him,” McCann said. “Once we firmed it up and got speaking to the agent and the player, it was pretty obvious we were his number one choice and we’re really pleased with that.

“We’re pleased to get him.”

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