Seanan Clucas pleased to be finally getting Bristol Rovers chance
Bristol Rovers midfielder Seanan Clucas is pleased to be finally getting a chance to prove that he has a long-term future at the Memorial Stadium.
Clucas, 20, was signed from Preston North End on a one-year deal by former manager Mark McGhee last summer – but spent the majority of the campaign amongst the substitutes prior to John Ward’s arrival in December.
The Northern Ireland Under-21 international has since been an integral part of a side that has lost just once in eight games and he said: “I’m enjoying it at the moment.
“The big thing for me was always to try and get a run of games. It is hard to show what you can do when you are in and out of the side.
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“I’ve had to be patient and bide my time, but I’m a young lad and I was well aware that I would have to work my way into the team when I came here in the summer.
“It’s always a bit of a worry when a new manager comes in because you don’t know whether he is going to rate you or not.
"I worked hard in training and I’m just pleased that John Ward has seen something in me that has persuaded him to give me some games.
“I’m only on a one-year deal so it is important for me to keep my place in the team and to try and earn myself a new contract.”
Clucas, meanwhile, says he has benefited from the simplicity of the instructions given to him by Ward.
“I’m learning new things with every game,” said Clucas. “The manager knows what I can do and has told me that I don’t have to do anything fancy. I’m not in the team to play 40-yard passes, I’m in the side to break play up and give it simple.
“It’s not the most eye-catching role, but I think it is a very important one.
Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, meanwhile, is hoping that the Memorial Stadium will be ‘rocking’ again for the visit of Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
Rovers attracted their biggest attendance for a league game in almost three years when they played Barnet on February 1 and Mildenhall said: “The league is very tight and every point is precious.
"Wycombe come to our place off the back of a very good run of form, but we are at home and I’d hope the Mem will be packed again.
“I’ve only been here a short time, but one thing I have noticed is that when the Mem is packed it is rocking and really inspires the lads to get going.
“It gave us a real edge in the Friday night game against Barnet and the level of support we have received over the last few weeks has been something that has surprised a few of the lads.
“It is great to have and sometimes it is easy to underestimate just how much of an impact supporters can have on how well a team does.
“To see 2,000 of them screaming and shouting us on at Oxford last Saturday really helped to lift us. They have been a credit to the club.”