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McGrath is for the here and now: McCann

4 January 2024


McGrath is for the here and now: McCann

4 January 2024

Grant McCann feels there is plenty of development ahead for new signing Jay McGrath but he wants the centre half to prove himself in the here and now for Rovers.

The 20-year-old signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the club after agreeing a free transfer from League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic.

And McCann is confident McGrath can make an impact with Rovers this season.

“We expect him to hit the ground running,” McCann said. “We wouldn’t be bringing players in for them to hit the ground running in a year’s time.

“We’re bringing players in for the here and now and Jay is definitely ready for this level. He’s going to get a lot of exposure and a lot of game time in our team for sure.

“He brings a lot of calmness and control. You can see he’s an athlete, he’s a big lad and he can handle the physical side of the game.

“Jay is a Donny boy, he lives in Doncaster. He had a lot of options but once him and his agent knew we were very keen on him, there was only one place he wanted to come.”

McGrath’s arrival draws similarities with the signing of Kieran Sadlier from across the Irish Sea during McCann’s previous tenure as Rovers manager.

And he feels the young defender has the capability of enjoying the success Sadlier did following the move.

“Like with Jay, we watched a lot of Kieran before we made the move,” McCann said. “At one of my previous clubs, Hull, we brought over Sean McLoughlin from Ireland and he’s gone on to be sensational for them. I’ve no doubt Jay can do the same for Doncaster.”

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