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Kinder hails Mahoney arrival

15 December 2013

Eric Kinder has spoken of his delight at securing the services of Connor Mahoney.

The highly-rated 16-year-old has joined his boyhood club Blackburn Rovers from Accrington Stanley.

Under-21s boss Kinder has monitored the progress of the young winger for months, eventually able to secure his services.

"He came to light about three months ago when he made his debut at the age of 16 against Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup for Accrington," Kinder told Rovers Player.

"When things like that happen on your own doorstep you start making enquiries about how can a 16-year-old play first team football.

"So I've tracked him for the last few months watching Accrington Stanley youth games. I've seen him play and I'm very impressed with him."

Despite his age, the two-footed youngster has already featured for Stanley's first team, making six appearances, including one start.

"Keith Brown, who used to be here as a YT when I was here the first time, is their youth team coach and speaks really high of him. James Beattie speaks really high of him," added the Under-21s manager.

"He can play wide right, he can play wide left, comfortable on both feet. That was what was attractive to me in the first place. 

"He takes corners from one side with his right foot and the other with his left. When you've got somebody like that who is so comfortable on both feet and technically good.

"Yet the one thing that does stand out for me is his work ethic off the ball, his tracking back, he works ever so hard for the team. Then when he gets it he looks one of those people who can just glide past people.

"He has really impressed me with his skills and his technique, hopefully we can now move that on. It is a massive jump from Accrington Under-18s, so to come into an Under-21 set-up is a big leap so we'll work on that.

"Hopefully we'll take it nice and easy, he needs a lot of gym work, the physios need to do some work with him and start to give him his own personal programme.

"We'll ease him in quietly and hopefully after Christmas we'll really get him going."

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