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Profile: Rollin Menayese

30 August 2017

Nineteen-year-old defender Rollin Menayese joined Rovers' development squad over the summer and has had quite a journey in football to date.

Originally from Newport, the youngster was released from Cardiff City after a spell as a scholar in South Wales and had to work his way back into the game, as he explains.

"I have always wanted to be a footballer and it's all I have ever wanted to do since a young age."

"Being released for Cardiff was tough, as being a young player it’s the worst news you can hear at that stage of your career, but it's just about how you respond really and if you are willing to work, I believe that you get out what you put in at the end of the day."

It was just down the M5 at Weston where Rollin managed to forge his way back into football, attracting interest from Rovers in the process.

"Weston-Super-Mare is a great club and both the manager and the coaching staff were great with me. They had a great philosophy of playing and most importantly I got games under my belt, which I needed."

After joining Rovers in the summer, the defender was a constant feature in the pre-season, travelling with the squad for the pre-season training camp in Portugal.

"Pre-season is always tough, I don't think that there has ever been a pre-season that has been easy! Playing regular games is the best way to get that base level of fitness."

"There is a great bunch of lads here and they have made very easy to settle in."

Rollin was amongst the substitutes for the club's first Checkatrade Trophy fixture at Wycombe Wanderers and made his full club debut replacing Jonny Burn in the 79th minute. 

"It was a proud moment for me and my family to make my debut and to be involved in a good win.

"It was a great experience and learning curve for me and something I hope to build on for the rest of the season."

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