Date: 19th February 2018 at 4:17pm
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Oliver Byrne will firstly have to force himself past Andy Fisher if he’s to become the Blackburn number one at U23 level let alone into the first team ahead of Rovers goalkeeper David Raya.

However, this will be the ultimate aim of Byrne, in fact he said as much following his arrival.

Byrne told the Official Website: ‘I can’t wait to get started now. I’m excited to see what the future holds for me here with the lads. I’ll put the hard work in and see where that gets me. It’s a massive club with great history. It has everything going for it and the facilities here are top class.’

Adding: ‘I want to get as many games under my belt as possible, whether that’s playing for the Under-23s, out on loan or, if I’m lucky enough, in the first team.’

Having come through a scholarship with Manchester United the goalkeeper – previously of Liverpool and Crewe too – moved on to Cardiff, the club he was most recently at before joining Blackburn.

Byrne, 20, put pen to paper on a deal with Blackburn until the summer of 2019, which will initially see him link up with Damien Johnson’s U23 side before he looks to push forward his first team chances.

In goalkeeping terms Byrne is still very young, but this doesn’t mean he couldn’t be there or thereabouts in the not too distant future as if he’s good enough he’s old enough as that old saying goes – Raya isn’t going to want to give up his place anytime soon mind.

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