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Rovers pocket Scottish star

21 June 2016

Rovers have secured the services of West Ham starlet Stephen Hendrie on a season-long loan.

The highly-rated Scotland Under-21 international left-back becomes manager Owen Coyle’s second summer signing following the capture of striker Anthony Stokes on Friday.

Born in Glasgow, Hendrie came through the youth ranks at Hamilton Academical, making his first team debut in July 2011 as a 16-year-old.

Over the next four years, the talented defender went on to play over 100 games for the Accies, helping them secure promotion to the Scottish Premiership in 2013-14, before moving to West Ham for a reported £1m in July 2015.

That month, the 21-year-old was on the bench for West Ham’s Europa League qualifying matches against Birkirkara, before starting the season as first-choice left-back with the Hammers’ Under-21s.

Hendrie featured on the first team bench a further three times in December – for the Premier League games against Swansea, Aston Villa and Southampton – before making a January loan move to League One’s Southend United.

The Scottish star made five appearances for Phil Brown’s side, scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory away to Shrewsbury on his third outing for the Shrimpers.

Hendrie returned to Upton Park in February and played a key role in the Hammers’ run to Under-21 Premier League Cup glory, scoring the penultimate penalty in the shoot-out victory over Hull City in the final.

The dynamic defender will be hoping to continue his development and get further first team experience under his belt over the next 12 months here at Ewood Park.

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