Blackburn Rovers can confirm the loan signing of Chelsea Under-21 captain Todd Kane.
The highly-rated right-back, who has just completed a successful spell with Preston, joins on a one-month youth loan through to February 10th.
Rovers’ caretaker manager Gary Bowyer moved quickly to secure the services of the England Under-19 international after scan results revealed that Adam Henley would spend several weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
Born in Cambridgeshire, Kane has been with Chelsea since Under-8 level and after rising through the ranks, the tough-tackling defender has starred against Rovers in recent seasons on the big stage.
He scored a spectacular equaliser in the 2011 Premier Reserve League national play-off final, which the Stamford Bridge outfit won 5-4 on penalties, and played an integral role in last season’s FA Youth Cup success, as Chelsea beat Rovers 4-1 on aggregate in the final over two legs.
The 19-year-old, who is yet to play for his parent club, ended the 2011-12 season as part of the first team squad that flew to Munich for the Champions League final and was involved in the celebrations after Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
Kane gained his first taste of senior football during a six-week loan spell with Preston North End, which ended on January 5th. He featured five times for the Lilywhites, making his league debut away to Leyton Orient in late November and playing twice in the FA Cup.
He is available for Rovers’ npower Championship games against Wolves, Charlton Athletic, Brighton, Bristol City and Ipswich, but is cup tied for the fourth round clash away to Derby County.
Kane is Rovers’ second January signing after Josh King’s loan move from Manchester United was made permanent earlier this month.