HE has only been at the club a matter of days but loanee John Lundstram is determined to stay at Rovers until the end of the season.
The Everton midfielder says the chance of playing in a promotion winning side is too tantalising a prospect to miss out on.
And he is out to convince Brian Flynn to extend his loan beyond the initial month, starting with a likely debut against Yeovil Town at the Keepmoat today.
“Hopefully I’ll do well enough for the gaffer to keep me here until the end of the season,” Lundstram said.
“I want to play as much as I can while I’m here and hopefully Brian will be impressed with me enough to give me that chance.
“I want to get that promotion on my CV – that would be unbelievable.”
Lundstram was on his day off when he got the call to inform him of Rovers’ interest.
But he wasted no time in packing his bags.
He said: “It happened all of a sudden but it was an opportunity that really excited me.
“I’ve hit a good bit of form for Everton U21s so my thoughts have been about getting out on loan.
“It gives me a taste of senior football and a better standard than U21 football.
“There’s also the opportunity to play in front of a noisy crowd which is hard to experience when you’re playing for the Under 21s.”
Boss Flynn says there is a ‘distinct probability’ Lundstram will make his senior debut for Rovers today.
Midfielders David Syers and Paul Keegan both returned to training this week but Flynn revealed he has lost Martin Woods for at least a month with a thigh problem.
The Welshman expects the test of League One’s form side will see Rovers return to something like their best.
Flynn said: “When you’re playing against the best you hope that will bring out the best in your players.
“There’s no denying we’ve been through a blip but we can come out of that to move on up.
“We’re going to have to be at our very best because the only way to describe Yeovil’s form is blistering.”
Flynn will be at Wembley on Sunday to watch his former club Swansea play in the Capital One Cup final against Bradford.
The club’s first major final comes almost a decade after Flynn guided the Swans to victory on the final day of the season to keep them in the Football League.
He said: “I’m slightly biased because I’m a Welshman and a former Swansea manager.
“But I just think it’ll be a special occasion for two clubs with great stories
“Looking back to a decade ago it was a Roy of the Rovers story and I’m proud to be a part of a great recent history for the club.”