Date: 13th May 2017 at 4:27pm
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Championship relegation means it’s been a disappointing season for Blackburn as a club. But for Scott Wharton, on a personal level, the Rovers defender made his first team debut and enjoyed loan success at Cambridge.

Wharton was allowed to join Cambridge for the second half of the season, scoring once in his nine appearances for the League Two side. The defender admitted it took a bit longer to get going at the Abbey Stadium than he hoped but it was a thoroughly enjoyed spell with the U’s.

He told the Official Website: ‘It was a very good experience, I enjoyed my time at Cambridge. It took me a while to get used to things, but I played a few games and overall I think it`s been a good experience for me.’

A loan full of ups and downs should stand Wharton in good stead going forward.

He added: ‘It`s very challenging in League Two – lots of ups and downs, on and off the field, personally for me. You`ve got to be very focused on the football side of things. But I think I`ve learnt quite a lot as a player. Being alongside Leon Legge, who`s a very experienced centre-half, and Shaun Derry, the manager, I enjoyed working under him, so I learnt quite a lot.’

Now Wharton, 19, is looking forward to pre-season training, where he’ll aim to impress Tony Mowbray, forcing himself into the first team squad as Blackburn aim for an instant Championship return.

‘So now the plan is to get a good pre-season under my belt and hopefully like last season maybe be in and around the squad and be in and around the team, and if not we`ll see what happens. My goals would be to try and get into the first team and play as many games if I can, and we`ve got to be looking to be right up there and get back promoted again.’

If you were to rewind this back to August and told Wharton he would have made his debut for his hometown club and then gone out on loan getting first team experience at Cambridge, scoring too, he would have taken that.

He said: ‘But if you`d said to me before the season started that you`d make your debut for Blackburn – and scored – and then gone out on loan to a League Two side, I would have said yes definitely I`d love that, so overall I think it has been a successful season for me and now I just need to push on again next year. There`s no finish line in football, so I just need to keep going.’

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