Charlton Athletic v Doncaster Rovers - New faces can only help, says Reece James

REECE JAMES has welcomed the competition for places in the Doncaster Rovers squad, insisting it will only benefit Darren Moore’s side this season.

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore.

Rovers kicked off their League One campaign with a 1-1 draw against MK Dons last weekend, in what was the 26-year-old’s first outing since February due to injury.

Doncaster travel to Charlton Athletic today, hoping to pick up their first win of the new season and James believes the battle for starting places will only raise the performance levels on the pitch.

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“There is a lot of competition, and that is what you want because it keeps everybody on their toes,” said James.

“Everyone wants to push each other and do well.

“It means anybody who gets the responsibility of starting in the games needs to make sure they are bang at it otherwise you have someone ready in the wings to take your place.”

James is confident that Doncaster will only get better as the season progresses with Josef Bursik, Rayhaan Tulloch, Taylor Richards and Tyreece John-Jules all handed league debuts by Moore in last weekend’s draw with MK Dons.

“It was the first game with a lot of new players who were playing in our team and I thought we gelled quite well, considering we had only been together for a few days,” added James.

“I think there are a lot of positives to come, from the way we played in that first game.

“You have got lads on loan from Premier League teams who have got some very bright futures.

“It is something we have got to use and it will only get better as the weeks go by.”

Rovers’ trip to Charlton is part of an EFL pilot scheme that will allow up to 1,000 supporters to attend, with clubs keen to see the safe return of fans.

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