Rovers are delighted to confirm the capture of Bolton Wanderers midfielder Jay Spearing.
The 26-year-old, who has been a long-term target for the club, has joined on loan until May 31st.
A product of Liverpool’s Academy, Spearing starred for his boyhood club at youth level, winning the FA Youth Cup in 2006, before captaining the Under-18 side as they retained their title the following season.
After rising through the ranks, Spearing made his first team debut in a Champions League tie away to PSV Eindhoven in December 2008, with his next appearance coming in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Real Madrid later in the competition.
Following a loan spell at Leicester, Spearing broke into the Reds midfield during the 2010-11 season under Kenny Dalglish, being named on the bench for Liverpool’s League Cup final triumph over Cardiff City in February 2012, before starting the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea later the same season.
Despite featuring in Liverpool’s Europa League campaign at the start of the 2012-13 season, Spearing was allowed to leave Anfield by new boss Brendan Rogers, joining Bolton on a season-long loan in August 2012.
His move to the Macron Stadium was made permanent 12 months later and it wasn’t long before Dougie Freedman made Spearing captain of the club.
Following the arrival of new manager Neil Lennon in October, the tenacious midfielder has found first team opportunities harder to come by and Rovers boss Gary Bowyer was eager to bring him to Ewood Park.
Spearing will be ineligible to play in Rovers’ FA Cup fifth round tie against Stoke City, having featured for Bolton against old club Liverpool in the last round, and will not be able to play against his parent club when the Trotters visit Ewood Park on March 7th.
Spearing is the second Bolton player to join Rovers on loan this season, teaming up again with Alex Baptiste, and will wear squad number 25.