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John Lundstram is confident that both he and Doncaster Rovers will benefit from his loan spell at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The 19-year-old midfielder yesterday sealed a month-long switch to the League One club, a move that will allow him to sample senior league football for the first time in his fledgling career.

Rovers boss Brian Flynn has confirmed that Lundstram will go ‘straight in at the deep end’ when the Yorkshire outfit tackle high-flying Yeovil Town on Saturday afternoon.

And Lundstram is hopeful his youthful exuberance can have a positive influence on third-placed Doncaster’s promotion push.

“It’s my first loan move so it’s a bit nerve racking but it’ll be good – I just can’t wait to get started,” said the England U19s captain.

“Hopefully if I impress Brian I can play as many games as possible - I will just take every game as it comes.

“League football is more competitive than the U21s league; I want to play in front of the sort of crowds Doncaster get so I’m looking forward to that.

“I’d like to think that I’ve got a nice range of passing and a good engine; it’s getting to that point in the season where the first team players are getting tired so I’m a fresh pair of legs really.”

Speaking about the swiftness in which the loan deal was completed, Lundstram added: “It all happened really quickly.

“I got a call from the reserve team manager [Alan Stubbs] at Everton yesterday telling me of the interest and the first thing I wanted to do is come here.

“I am very excited, I’m very privileged to be given the opportunity to try and impress the gaffer – I’ve just got to do the best I can.”

John Lundstram

Flynn, who took over the managerial reins at Doncaster following Dean Saunders’ departure to Wolves, says he had been tracking Lundstram’s progress for a number of years.

“Two things attracted me to John - quality and class,” said the 57-year-old former Wrexham and Swansea chief. “I’ve watched him for a number of years now through the youth academy at Everton, where I have got really good contacts.

“I know the manager David Moyes really well and Andy Holden who has been a reserve team coach for many years and is a fellow Welshman. I always ask him about the progress of the young players there.

“John was well recommended but I didn’t need that recommendation because I knew how good of a player he is.

“For us to bring in someone of his quality, albeit he is young and inexperienced, that doesn’t bother me. If they are ready, they are ready – it doesn’t matter what age they are. He will improve us.

“In his last four games he has got two goals [for Everton U21s] so I think he can add that little bit extra to us with goals from midfield.”

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