Rovers are delighted to announce that Darragh Lenihan has signed a new one-year deal with the club.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who recently captained his country in a friendly against England, joined Rovers from Belvedere FC of Dublin in the summer of 2011.
After progressing through Rovers’ youth ranks, Lenihan enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell last season with Burton Albion, where he made 17 appearances and played a pivotal role in their romp to the League Two title.
The Irishman returned to Ewood Park for Rovers’ run-in, making his debut as a first-half substitute in the 2-0 victory at home to Millwall, before starting the final two games of the Championship season against Huddersfield and Ipswich Town.
A combative and versatile player, who is equally adept in the centre of midfield and defence, the 21-year-old is now setting his sights on a bright future in the Rovers first team.
“It’s taken a while, but I’m very pleased to get my contract signed and sealed, and I’m looking forward to the season ahead,” said Lenihan.
“It’s a massive season for me. For playing games and to make the break into the first team, I think this is the main season for me. I just need to work hard in pre-season and see where it takes me. If I do well in training, then hopefully the manager will pick me.
“This is my fifth season and I feel ready to make myself an established player here. The fans have been great over the past few years and I’ve experienced some tough times, but now I’m ready to put those times behind me and put the good times ahead.”