Doncaster Rovers had Crystal Palace midfielder Kian Flanagan on trial earlier this month.

The League One side took a look at the 20-year-old ahead of a potential move in the January transfer window, according to a report by the Sheffield Star.

Donny were interested in the promising midfielder over the summer but a move for him never materialised in the end.

Flanagan, who has represented Republic of Ireland at youth levels, has risen up through the youth ranks with Palace and has been a key player for their development sides over the past couple of years. He won the Eagles’ Young Player of the Year last season.

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Doncaster boss Darren Moore has spoken about his situation, as per the Sheffield Star: “We took the opportunity to look at Kian because he was a player we had identified in the loan window. Because it didn’t work, we looked at him again as a possibility going forward.”

Doncaster manager Darren Moore. Picture by Craig Doyle.

“It gave us the opportunity to bring him in ourselves and obviously Palace agreed that it would be good for the boy to come in. It was a change of environment for him and an opportunity to work in and around the first team.”

He added: “He’s a nice boy and a good player – that’s what we brought him in for. It was a good opportunity to have a look at him. He’s obviously gone back because nothing can be done right now.”

“But it gives us an idea of his size, his shape, his physicality, his strengths, his weaknesses to his game, in terms of looking at that when the window opens again as a possibility.”

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