Derby County goalkeeping coach Eric Steele is happy with the goalkeepers and their development in the past 10 months, reports The Derby Telegraph.
Lee Grant, who re-signed for the Rams at the start of last season is the established number one. Kelle Roos was brought in and has been told he will start as number two for this season.
John Mitchell, 19, signed from Newcastle this summer, Ross Etheridge and Mats Morch who have been in Derby’s academy for a number of years now, are also developing well under Eric Steele.
Steele believes it is invaluable that the younger goalkeepers are surrounded by the more experienced ones and shows the head coach Steve McClaren a question when it comes to choosing the right goalkeeper.
The former Manchester United goalkeeping coach said ”It was a great chance for the manager to have a good look at them. Jonathan Mitchell and Ross Etheridge were terrific in the tour to Austria.
They took part in every training session. They knew they were unlikely to feature in the games because we had Kelle and Lee but they worked really hard in training where they came up against strikers like Chris Martin and Jamie Ward.”
“As a goalkeeping coach, I cannot give them that experience. I can give them a lot of the technical stuff they need but that pace and tempo when training with the first team is invaluable.” added Steele.