Date: 24th May 2017 at 11:15am
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Jason Lowe was the most high profile of the players released recently. Captain last season and with a 13 year connection to Blackburn, he exits with a heavy heart but will always appreciate the opportunity he was given at Ewood Park.

A former England U20 captain, Lowe led his country at the U20 World Cup in Colombia going on to play for the Three Lions at U21 level. Lowe, who debuted for Blackburn in an FA Cup tie with QPR in 2011 then made his Premier League debut a week later against Chelsea before ending the 2010-11 season on loan at Oldham, had been with the Rovers academy since the age of 12.

Lowe, a central midfielder first and foremost but such versatility saw him literally play anywhere, filling in at full back and central defence when called upon, has said he’ll always have fond memories of his special time at Blackburn, making almost 200 appearances for the club.

He told the Official Website: ‘Blackburn Rovers will always have a special place in my heart and gave me all my opportunities to become successful. I’m grateful for everyone who has helped me through the ranks at Rovers since joining as a 12-year-old kid trying to achieve a dream.’

Without the help and support of those who supported him over the years Lowe doesn’t feel he would have made it and made that clear.

‘Special thanks to all the people from behind the scenes who are the backbone of the club day-to-day. There are too many to mention individually but from the kit men/women, house-parents in my youth, chefs, receptionists and secretaries I’m forever grateful. Thank you to all the analysts, coaches and managers I’ve worked with for helping me grow as a man and player from a kid to now.’

The fans have continued to support him, and Blackburn, regardless with Lowe saying it was an ‘honour and privilege’ to be able to captain the side for the supporters, who he’s hopeful will see success at Ewood again soon.

Lowe said: ‘Finally, what makes a club is the fans. Coming into the team they’ve done nothing but back me through the good and rough times, they deserve to see the club have success again and I’m sure it will come sooner rather than later. They saw me achieve my dream and being the captain was an honour and privilege.’

Adding: ‘From the bottom of my heart, thank you and I wish everyone at the club and the players every success in the near future.’

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