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McGrath 'has come full circle' with Rovers signing

4 January 2024

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McGrath 'has come full circle' with Rovers signing

4 January 2024

New Rovers signing Jay McGrath feels he has come full circle after securing a move back to his hometown club.

The centre half, from Sprotbrough, came through the ranks of the Rovers Academy before continuing his journey towards senior football elsewhere.

McGrath has now signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Rovers - following in the footsteps of his father John, who played for the club between 2003 and 2005.

And he says making the move means a lot to him and his family.

The 20-year-old said: “I’m a Donny boy, from Doncaster. To be here as a kid and then come back and sign as a first team player, it’s massive for me.

“It’s the team where I’m from. All my friends are Donny fans and we came to watch when I was a kid. Now I get to play for them.

“We moved to Doncaster because my dad was playing for Rovers and then I was here as a kid. There’s people that I played with - Liam Ravenhill, me and him played in the same team together.

“It’s good to be back.”

McGrath spent time on trial with Rovers before Christmas, after completing the 2023 campaign with St Patrick’s.

And he is looking forward to getting started with Rovers as soon as possible.

“It’s definitely a big move for me,” he said. “I’m only 20 and I think it was time for me to come back to England and the league.

“I think Rovers is the right fit for me. The gaffer wants to push the club in the right direction. It’s a young team so I’ll fit right in.

“The boys are playing good football. The win against MK Dons at the weekend - I was here watching - was a great win. It’s going the right way.

“First and foremost I want to make my debut. Hopefully I get a good run of games going, we can win some games and push as high up the table as we can.”

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