Date: 17th May 2016 at 6:08pm
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Sam Lavelle has announced his long association with Blackburn is over.

Lavelle’s been at Ewood Park since he was eight but hasn’t made a first-team appearance in his 11-years with Blackburn.

The defender had been a regular in the academy side over the years and step up to the U21 side the season before last yet this was as far as his Blackburn progress went with him unable to make it into the first-team under either Gary Bowyer or Paul Lambert in the past year or so, as he would have hoped.

A Scottish youth international, Lavelle took to social media to confirm his exit with the Lancashire Telegraph quoting him as saying.

‘I`m very sad to say I`ll be parting company with the club I`ve been at since the age of eight. I`d like to thank everyone in and around the club that have treated me so well over the years and to the staff and fans who believed in me.’

Lavelle added he was ‘gutted’ his first-team chance never came.

‘I`ve thoroughly enjoyed every single day of my 11 years at such a big club, I`m just gutted I didn`t get the chance I needed. I`ve made some friends for life and some memories I`ll never forget. I will always look out for Blackburn Rovers and wish the club and the town all the best in the coming years.’

Officially the club haven’t announced the U21 players they want to keep, or will be released.

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