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McCann: Character will be key to recruitment drive

12 May 2023


McCann: Character will be key to recruitment drive

12 May 2023

There is one item at the top of Grant McCann’s agenda as he plots recruitment for Rovers this summer - character.

The new Rovers manager believes mentality will be as important as ability as he looks to guide the club into a challenge for promotion in the coming campaign.

“In this division, I think you need character - there is no two ways about it,” McCann said.

“Ability is really important but I think character has to be the main necessity for us in terms of having a real good  season and a real good promotion push.

“If you look at the teams that's been promoted - Leyton Orient, Stevenage, Northampton - they’ve got character in there. They've got people who know this division and probably the one above.

“Once we get to the nuts and bolts of the recruitment side, once I speak to Copps [James Coppinger] the head of recruitment, Gavin [Baldwin] and David [Blunt] and we get to the bottom of what we think we need, then we'll be going all out for that.

“It's important we have real good characteristics about our team.

“This league it's unforgiving at times. You have to be able to mix it - to play and you have to be able to play over presses.

“Looking at Stevenage and Leyton Orient, there’s two different styles of play there but both of them can mix it, and Northampton are quite similar.

“Let's get one thing straight - I'm here to to get out of this league. So that'll be the message to the group when they come back for pre-season.

“We will be recruiting for that, to make sure we've got a squad that's capable of pushing as far as we can go and as high as we can go in this division. Hopefully it will be a successful year for us.”

McCann admits he is pleased with the resources at his disposal this summer to allow him to strengthen the squad and shape it in his image.

He said: “It's always important and that was one of the first conversations I had with with David and Gavin.

“What’s available and what's there for us to use will certainly help us to put a good squad together for next season.

“It's about now myself, Copps, the head of recruitment, Gavin and David, all buying into to making sure we get the right people into this football club and that will be the main focus.”

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