Stoke City’s under-23s keeper Joe Bursik has signed on loan with Doncaster Rovers.
The 20 year old will spend the season with Darren Moore’s League One side, having spent last season in the same division with Accrington Stanley.
The England under-20 international has also had loans at Hednesford Town and AFC Telford United.
He spoke to the Doncaster Rovers official website, saying: “This deal has been in the pipeline for a couple of weeks now so it feels really, really good to get it over the line.”
“The gaffer rang me a few weeks ago and let me know that he was interested. It’s good to feel wanted and as soon as I heard of the interest it was a no brainer for me to come here.
“I just want to hit the ground running and the gaffer has highlighted his ambitions to me which I’m in tune with.
“It’s a great league and I think we can do big things this year.”
Stoke’s academy feel loan moves are crucial for their players to help them bridge the gap between under-23 football and the first team game.
City’s academy director Gareth Owen addressed that point in an interview with StokeonTrentLive earlier this month.
He name-checked both Bursik and also Harry Souttar who spent last season on loan with League One Fleetwood.
He said: “Loans are a massive part of a young player’s journey. Not many go in and stay in the first team. So, we try to explore the loan market from a young age and gradually build it up. That’s from under-18s, going to local non-league teams to experience men’s football. Then it’s hopefully stepping stones to a league club which Joe and Harry have done to continue their development.
“League football provides you with a multitude of challenges that academy football can’t. Whether that is physical or mental, playing Saturdays and Tuesdays, with bumps and bruises, and a different style of playing.
“It is a massive part of a young player’s development and they have gone and played a number of games. Now they have come back and have to show they have learned and improved and they deserve a place in the manager’s squad.”