Doncaster Rovers: Luke McCullough’s chance to stake a claim

Luke McCullough played at right back against Nottingham Forest
Luke McCullough played at right back against Nottingham Forest

Luke McCullough has been challenged to stake a claim for the right back spot at Doncaster Rovers ahead of the new season.

The Northern Ireland international played an hour in the position in Tuesday night’s friendly with Nottingham Forest as boss Paul Dickov trialled him in the new role.

A new right back initially appeared to be a priority in the transfer market for Dickov after the departure of Reece Wabara but the Star understands his focus has shifted elsewhere.

McCullough is understood to have impressed in training while being tested in a full back role.

And after an assured performance at right back against Forest, he looks set to battle it out with youngster Mitchell Lund for a regular start.

“We wanted to have a look at Luke,” Dickov told the Star.

“It’s a position I feel I can play because he’s quick enough, strong enough, he’s a good tackler and he’s very good on the ball.

“That’s all it was against Forest.”

Should centre half McCullough get the nod for the right back role, he will be pushed all the way by the highly-regarded Lund.

The 18-year-old impressed in four consecutive starts at the end of last season.

Dickov has lauded the manner in which his young players returned for pre-season and have since performed in training.

And it is known Lund is one of those to have impressed the manager the most.

After completing the signing of left back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair on Monday, Rovers’ next focus in the transfer market is understood to be a versatile wide midfielder.

Former Rovers midfielder Dean Furman has failed to win a contract with Blackburn Rovers after a period on trial with the Lancashire club.

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