Lee Glover admits that he was overwhelmed with pride after he watched Farrend Rawson make his Football League debut for Rotherham United from the stands at the weekend.
It should spur a lot of the lads on to emulate what he has done. He has been Captain of the Under 21 group this season and has led by example. "
It was announced on Saturday that the Rams’ Under 21 Captain would be going on a 28-day youth loan to Derby’s fellow Sky Bet Championship rivals after a string of impressive display for Glover’s side this season.
The 18-year-old was thrown straight into the side and played the full game for the Millers in their crucial 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.
Glover, Derby’s Senior Professional Development Coach, believes the defender’s success should ‘spur’ his fellow Under 21 team mates on to emulate him and believes his move to the Millers will stand him in good stead for the future.
Glover told dcfc.co.uk: “It happened late on Friday night and I was over the moon with it.
“I went to the game on Saturday, I spoke to Steve Evans and Farrend acquitted himself excellently.
“He was very, very good on the day and everyone is so pleased for him. I have been at Derby for a few years now and he has been in the building with us right from the word go.
“He has learned so much, he has got a great attitude and it’s great for the Under 21 group to see him go and play in a game like that.
“That should spur a lot of the lads on to try and emulate what he has done. He has been Captain of the Under 21 group this season and has led by example.
“His attitude and application for every game has been first class.
“That will stand him in good stead and whilst he will come back into the Under 21 group, looking to the future, if he keeps listening, learning and working as hard as he has done, then he has got a bright future ahead of him.
“I’m not surprised that he has been given this opportunity considering the circumstances at Rotherham and that they have a few injuries.
“I am surprised, though, that it has come this early for him. He is one for the future and he is showing signs of maturity.
“He is a solid centre back, he understands his role and what he likes to do is head and kick the ball and I see signs that he is going to have a good future in the game."
He added: “The gaffer will be delighted with it, but I am over the moon. I have worked with Farrend for six years.
“Darren (Wassall) brought all of this coaching team in and we have been working with these lads day in, day out now.
“When you see them go on and play for the first team you are over the moon and when you see them go and get a game like Farrend did at Championship level on Saturday, it is a great feeling.
“It is delightful to see these players develop and grow and everyone at the whole club is immensely pleased and proud for him.”