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18 April 2016

Mick says club and dad Jason will help keep 'great kid' grounded

Mick McCarthy is confident that Andre Dozzell has the right approach to make a long-term impact in the game.

The midfielder will make his first start for Blues against Fulham on Tuesday after following his dad Jason’s feat by scoring on his debut at the age of just 16 in Saturday’s draw at Sheffield Wednesday.  

“It’s a great story, Dozzer following his dad and scoring on his debut at 16. It was a terrific goal as well,” writes the Town boss in his column in the matchday programme. 

“I don’t think he has stopped smiling since. Mind you, he’s always got a smile on his face. He’s a lovely kid and he deserved his chance. 

“I have seen youngsters down the years come in and make an impact at 16, 17 and then they disappear off the scene. They get carried away. They get a lot of ‘new friends’ who latch on to them and they stop being a good pro. It can go like that and if you let it, you can go in the wrong direction very quickly. “Suddenly someone else has come up from behind and takes you over. Then people are asking ‘where’s so and so’?  

“I don’t think that will happen to Dozzer. It will help that he has his dad who knows what it’s like to be in the team at 16. He’s also at the right club. And like I said, he’s a great lad.”

Daryl Murphy will miss the game against Fulham with a calf problem while Luke Varney is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Cole Skuse is back in the squad though after injury forced him out of the draw at Hillsborough. 

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