Date: 27th May 2008 at 7:00pm
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Blackburn Rovers have handed one-year professional contracts to three Academy graduates.

Jonathan Bateson, Kris Paterson, and Martin McCubbin are the graduates, who between them made plenty of appearances in the Academy and Reserves sides last season and will now be looking to play exclusively in the Reserves next season in the hope of securing longer-term deals.

Bateson (a local lad) is a defender who can play in the middle or as a right-back, Paterson, (a former Scottish Youth International) can also play in the middle of defence, or (and mainly) as a left-back, and finally McCubbin is a forward who can play on the wing, or as an out and out striker.

Meanwhile another youngster (Alex Marrow) has also been handed a one-year contract after a successful trial with the club.

The 18-year-old midfielder had a trial with Rovers in February (arriving from Non-League Ashton Athletic) and after impressing was offered a short-term contract until the end of last season. After again impressing in the Academy and Reserve sides he has now signed a one-year professional contract and like the three graduates will be looking to impress yet further to secure a longer stay at Ewood Park.

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2 Replies to “Academy Graduates Sign Pro Contracts”

  • Good luck to all four of these players, the chances of them making it into the first team at any point during their time with Rovers might be slim, but I’m hopeful that we will start seeing more of our own Academy products start coming through again soon, so maybe one (or more) of these could do just that?!?!

  • They are going about it the right way though. Give them the short term deals. Give them the chance and analyze how they do and take it from there. I hope all 4 of them make an impact. Especially the local lads. A couple more Matty D’s and we’re laughing.

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