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McCann pleased with competition for places Waters will bring

11 January 2024

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McCann pleased with competition for places Waters will bring

11 January 2024

Grant McCann feels Billy Waters completes his mission to add competition for places in Rovers’ attacking ranks during the January transfer window.

McCann was keen to end the month with the ability to change his front line in one fell swoop should he wish to do so and has followed up the addition of Conor Carty with the signing of Waters on loan from Wrexham for the remainder of the campaign.

“I’ve always said that we like our teams to have those changes in games and competition is hotting up at the top end of the pitch now,” McCann said.

“We’ve got Mo, Joe, Mols, Conor, Hursty and now Billy. Jon Taylor is not too far off coming back to training as well.

“Having those changes on the bench is huge for us but the competition is hot and the lads who are starting need to make sure they are playing well because there is competition behind them.

“We’ve asked the likes of Joe, Mo and Mols to go game after game after game. It’s no fault of their own - they’ve been really good and really effective. But it’s tough and sometimes you need to take that burden off them a little bit and have the energy and freshness to come in and take their place or come off the bench and affect the game.

“Whatever we do from this point onwards is about the team. It’s not about any individual and it’s always been like that. Particularly now, we need to stick together and have those ready-made replacements to come off the bench and impact the game. Having that in the forward areas is really important.”

McCann is pleased to have added a player with good experience in Sky Bet League Two.

“He’s hungry to come in, he’s hungry to score goals and he’s a good character, a bubbly character that’ll be good for the group as well,” he said.

“He knows the league really well. He’s scored goals at the level with Cheltenham and Northampton. He was phenomenal with Halifax in getting them to a great level in the National League.

“Billy’s a good player. He knows the division, he knows how to score goals, he’s got the hunger, he’ll work hard and press. He’s everything we like.”

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