The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Jamie Holt

DE­FENDER Tom Parkes has heaped praise on man­ager Dar­rell Clarke for gam­bling on a num­ber of promis­ing play­ers from Non­League that have gone on to ex­cel for Bristol Rovers in the early weeks of the sea­son.

Clarke brought in James Clarke from Wok­ing this sum­mer, and the de­fender has im­pressed along with Matty Tay­lor and Stu­art Sin­clair – signed dur­ing Rovers’ sea­son in the Con­fer­ence from For­est Green and Sal­is­bury re­spec­tively – in the Gas’ im­pres­sive start to the new sea­son.

Parkes, the for­mer Le­ices­ter trainee, says the man­ager re­ally did his home­work when Rovers were rel­e­gated.

Parkes said:“The gaffer has done re­ally well to spot those play­ers who were go­ing to be able to step up from the Con­fer­ence to League football.

“They have been out­stand­ing and it’s crazy that these qual­ity play­ers have never had the chance to play League football be­fore.

“They have proved that they can cope with the de­mands of League football and they have been re­ally strong for us. I’m buzzing for all of them be­cause they de­serve this chance.”

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