Doncaster Rovers: Enda the road for Aston Villa loanee Stevens

Enda Stevens.
Enda Stevens.

Enda Stevens is all too aware of just how much he needs to impress during his loan spell with Rovers after admitting his Aston Villa career was over.

The Irishman has only made a handful of appearances for the Premier League side following his switch from Shamrock Rovers in 2012.

He’s since taken in a collection of loan spells which currently includes Doncaster - the Dubliner’s second spell with the club.

Having penned an initial one month loan deal with Rovers, the 24-year-old is using the opportunity to put himself in the shop window whilst in the last year of his Villa contract.

Not giving too much away, the defender simply answered ‘yes’ when asked if he’d been made clear by the Midlands club and manager Paul Lambert about his future away from Villa Park.

“It was good [being at Villa]. I’ve enjoyed myself, it’s a massive club. Paul Lambert gave me my debut so I was grateful for that, it’s just time for me to move on,” said the former Northampton loanee.

“It was easy to come back to Doncaster. I really enjoyed myself here last season. It was a no-brainer.

“The loan is for me, it’ll improve me and my football.”

Asked if he was looking for another club, he said: “Yes.

“It’s just football, it happens. You’ve just got to get on with it, do well and work hard.”

Stevens, who was drafted in by Paul Dickov as full-back cover for the injured Cedric Evina, was due to get some game time in Somerset last weekend as Doncaster geared up to face Conference South side Weston-super-Mare in the FA Cup.

But Stevens had to put his returning Rovers debut on hold after the game was called off 20 minutes before kick-off.

However, he is expected to feature this Saturday against derby rivals Sheffield United.

“It was disappointing because I’d got myself up for it, it was exciting to put on the Rovers shirt again,” Stevens added.

“You just want to play as many games as you can.”