Date: 19th February 2008 at 7:13pm
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Blackburn Rovers are adamant that they are not going to turn their back on young domestic talent, despite the trend that is currently going on.

These thoughts comes from Rovers chairman John Williams in the wake of 17-year-old Alex Marrow signing a contract with the club until the end of the season (at least.) Marrow won a keep-up competition, which impressed the club and he is already impressing in the Under-18’s and in the reserves for Glyn Hodges. Williams hopes that Matt Derbyshire’s breakthrough can be an example for others to follow that anything is possible and Marrow is another example that Rovers WILL continue to look towards British talent.

Williams told the Lancashire Telegraph: “From our point of view, we cannot afford to miss any opportunity to pick up good young players.

“Matt Derbyshire is a good example. It’s important that we don’t turn our backs on promising young players like him. We must explore every avenue.

“With Alex, he came to us after he won a keepy-uppy competition and he’s been recommended by Glyn Hodges.

“They already like him down there. They’ve seen something in him, and we’ve given him a contract until the end of the season
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12 Replies to “Rovers Keen To Home Talent”

  • It just goes to prove that you never know do you, it’s almost like a fairytale for Alex Marrow, and HOPEFULLY it can have the fairytale style ending like Derbs?!?!
    Maintaining the balance between British and Foreign talent must stay in place, and Rovers do seem to be doing this as we have PLENTY of home-grown youngsters, we just need them to start breaking through.

  • If its another derbs, fantastic, if not, we havent lost much have we. Might as well try out these young kids, they are the future after all

  • good god bommy thee was no need to bring that up again!!! lol… seriously though it is important we cultivate our own talent as these academies dont pay for themselves. Furthermore, if we get one matt derbyshire every year then I’ll be happy!!!

  • I think the evident thing is that they are given the chance on first team level…also if its only a couple of minutes a game. Througout the years we have seen a lot of Blackburn talent wash away just when they were about to break through – take Ben Burgess for an example…i always thought he would grow up to be someone in the rovers starting 11. But – in general – unfortunally MH hasn’t really had the opportunity to field these young players because of the quality of the PL….its an evil circle.

  • welcome redstarman…. and I agree, we can only allow so much “potential” we also need players that can play for the “now”.

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