The transfer window may have slammed shut, but Blackburn Rovers this week welcome two new faces to the club – all the way from Hong Kong.
James Kwok and Joshua Gostick, both aged 15, have arrived for a 10-day stay after emerging victorious in the RoverStars scheme, which was launched in their homeland last year.
The talent identification initiative is the brainchild of the club’s Indian owners, who are committed to scouting and developing the most promising young players from across Asia, by offering them a route to receive first class coaching.
The talented teenagers, who play for the Hong Kong Football club, impressed senior Rovers officials during the club’s participation in last summer’s Barclays Asia Trophy.
The young duo will be based at Brockhall, where they will have the opportunity to showcase their skills whilst training with the Rovers’ Academy Under-16s and Under-15s.
Rovers’ global advisor Shebby Singh, who was instrumental in setting up the pioneering programme, said: “The dream lives on as two young talents visit us with a great opportunity to showcase their talents and to pick up valuable insights into achieving the ultimate goal of becoming professional footballers.
“We at Rovers are only too eager to provide the platform for aspiring youngsters from every corner of the globe."
Picture caption: James Kwok (centre left) and Joshua Gostick (centre right) are pictured with Rovers’ owners Balaji Rao (left) and Venkatesh Rao (right), and manager Steve Kean, at last summer’s RoverStars event in Hong Kong.