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McCann: Keeping Molyneux shows what we're trying to do

29 May 2024

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McCann: Keeping Molyneux shows what we're trying to do

29 May 2024

Grant McCann believes securing Luke Molyneux’s services for another three seasons is a big indication of the ambitions plans being laid out at Rovers.

Molyneux rejected interest from other clubs to pledge his future to Rovers until the summer of 2027.

And McCann says the 26-year-old’s faith in the project has been a major boost.

“I think it’s an indication of what we’re trying to do here,” McCann said. “You see the players that have come in already. We’re getting stronger all the time.

“We want to put a team on the pitch that the fans can be proud of from the first game - not from January onwards. We want it from the first game, we want the stadium full and we want the fans to be entertained and we’re enjoying games.

“We not going into games worrying about anything, we’re going for it and going after teams home or away. We want to create a great atmosphere about the place.

“There were one or two Championship clubs that came in for Luke as well, which gives you an indication of how good a player he is.

“We’ve managed to keep a hold of him and the owners have been great in helping to make that happen.

“Mols will get his head down and work hard as pre-season comes around. He’ll want to hit the ground running.”

Molyneux finished the season in red hot form, with five goals and three assists in the final eight matches of the campaign.

And McCann is convinced he can replicate that level of performance in the new campaign.

“Once we got him into the position where we know he is really effective, you saw from January onwards - if he’d have played there all season he’d have had 20 goals, not ten, and all the assists he had,” he said.

“We want to just continue to work with Mols and get him into the position where we know he can hurt people. He’s really dangerous and every time he gets on the ball you feel like something can happen. We just want to keep working with him.

“I know Mols himself is a confident kid anyway. We need to get him on the ball and in positions where he can score. His run towards the end of the season with the goals and assists he was making were massive for everybody. It was a huge part of how we progressed up the league as the season went on.

“Mols likes to be pushed. We want to nurture him. He’s still a great age to kick on his career. We’re pleased we’ve got him for another three years and I’m sure the Doncaster fans will be over the moon.

“Everyone is really happy at this moment in time.”

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