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McCann: Carty is ready for EFL challenge

3 January 2024

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McCann: Carty is ready for EFL challenge

3 January 2024

Grant McCann is convinced new signing Conor Carty is more than ready for his first taste of EFL football.

The 21-year-old striker has joined on loan from Bolton Wanderers for the remainder of the 2023/24 campaign.

And McCann believes the striker’s time with St Patrick’s Athletic in the League of Ireland last year means he arrives at the Eco-Power Stadium primed to make an impact.

“Speaking to Bolton, he’s had 12 months or more of just constant football because they brought him into the B team and then a couple of loans before the loan at St Pat’s,” McCann said.

“The move to St Pat’s was a good one for him because he’s played in a team that’s been successful. He’s come back and he’s been training with the first team at Bolton for the last three weeks or so after they gave him a bit of time off.

“We’re pleased to get him. I think he’ll be a good player for us and he’ll bring a different dimension to the front line.

“He’s been out and played men’s football and you can see he can handle it. He’s aggressive with his hold-up play, when he wants to get in-behind.”

McCann believes the Irishman will add something different to Rovers’ attacking ranks.

He said: “He’s different to our other attacking players so we’ve got good options in the forward area and I’m really pleased to get him in.

“We’ve seen glimpses of him in training already, with how sharp he is in and around the box and his movement. He’s going to be a good player for us.

“His instincts of getting between the posts and making things happen are going to be huge for us.”

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