Darren Moore confirms Doncaster trial for Crystal Palace midfielder

A general view of  Selhurst Park the home stadium of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Selhurst Park on October 6, 2018...

Kian Flanagan is Crystal Palace's reigning under-23-team player of the season.

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore looks on before kick off during the Sky Bet League One match between Doncaster Rovers and Fleetwood Town at Keepmoat Stadium on August 17, 2019 in...

The Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore has confirmed that the Crystal Palace midfielder Kian Flanagan is one of the players currently on trial at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Flanagan is Crystal Palace's reigning under-23-team player of the season and remains under contract at Selhurst Park.

But the Premier League side, it seems, are keen to find a temporary home for the 20-year-old, at which he can continue his development.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield on Thursday, Moore revealed that Doncaster are the recipients of "memos" from other clubs looking to showcase their players' talents outside of the transfer window.

 

And after admitting that Rovers are taking a look at Flanagan, the 45-year-old added: "He’s a good player, a very very good player. We’ve been pleased to have him here and train with us.

"You look at these players because not all the development players, even though they’re good, there is a change from that level into first-team (football) and the front line.

"Kian is one of them we’ve identified. We’ve had a closer look at him and he’s had a good week. I hope he’s enjoyed the week training here. We’ve certainly enjoyed having him. He’s had a good look at us, we’ve had a good look at him.

"And we’ll see (what happens) later on down the line, in the season, because as you know in this industry things change very, very quickly."

Kian Flanagan of Crystal Palace is challenged by Ricardo Santos of Barnet during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Barnet and Crystal Palace at The Hive on July 16, 2019 in Barnet,...

On whether or not the attacking midfielder, who was linked with moves to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United after debuting for Crystal Palace U23s at the age of 15, could arrive at Doncaster on a longer-term deal when the window reopens in January, Moore replied: "Possible, possible. It’s a possible. But it’s not a guarantee. For me to say yes now would be wrong.

"Again, it’s an opportunity to look at him and that’s as far as it goes."

Flanagan, who has won youth caps for the Republic of Ireland, ended last season as joint-top scorer for Crystal Palace's U23s, but has yet to break into the first-team plans of the Eagles boss Roy Hodgson.

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