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The boss reacts to Bennett signing

Rowett has his say...

30 January 2020

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Gary Rowett knows Mason Bennett's "qualities and characteristics" - and is looking forward to helping the 23-year-old reach his potential.

The forward has joined The Lions on loan until the end of the 2019/20 campaign and will give the manager a different option when picking his starting XI for the remaining 17 games of the season.

Speaking to, Rowett explained what made Bennett a "big attraction," and also spoke of the possibility of the loanee extending his stay beyond May.

"He's a young player who has a lot of potential still to achieve, but he is a player who I've worked with and I know his qualities and characteristics," he said.

"He is a powerful and pacy runner and different to what we've got - that was a big attraction. He's 23, so still a young player even though he made his debut really early on at the age of 15. He is a player who has been highly regarded by different managers and we need to try and keep him fit - that's the challenge as he has been really unfortunate with injuries.

"It's a loan initially, but of course with anyone we bring in, there is the opportunity to bring them in [on a permanent basis] should things go well."

Watch the full interview with Gary Rowett above in which the manager speaks more on Bennett as well as looking forward to Saturday's trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

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