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A player with huge potential

22 June 2016

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Manager Owen Coyle was delighted to complete the signing of hot prospect Stephen Hendrie.

The highly-rated left-back has joined on a season-long loan from West Ham and the new Rovers boss believes he will be a valuable addition to the squad.

“I’m absolutely delighted to get a young player with huge potential, who will provide real competition for the left-back slot,” said the manager. 

“We will still look to get an experienced type of player coming in to that area and then they can battle away.

“He was on loan at Southend last year and I spoke to Phil Brown who gave him a very good report and it fits in with everything we’re trying to do financially as well.”

Despite only being 21, Hendrie played over 100 games for Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical prior to his move south of the border and Coyle believes he is a Premier League player in the making.

“To play at that level and play consistently, that's why West Ham made the investment they did, so they certainly feel he’s got a chance of eventually playing in the Premier League,” he added.

“He’s not quite ready for that yet, but hopefully by working with ourselves, he can continue to improve and we get a good young player who's trying to push on and make a name for himself in the game.”

The Rovers boss has an impressive track record for working with promising young players and he believes that the Scotland Under-21 international has all the raw ingredients to be another success story.

“He’s a very athletic player, he's got a good touch and he is comfortable on the ball,” Coyle added. 

“Of course, as with all young players, you have to continue to develop them in terms of understanding their position and what's required of them and that's what we will look to do.

“As I said before, he has scope to get better and that's what you want in young players, that they can develop and hopefully play a part in what we're doing here at Blackburn Rovers.”

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