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Rekeem delighted to be a Rover

Harper can't wait to get going in a Rovers shirt

31 August 2017

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Rekeem Harper can't wait to showcase his precocious talent after joining Rovers on a season-long loan from West Brom.

The 17-year-old midfielder became only the second player born this century to feature in a Premier League match when he made his debut for the Baggies against Bournemouth earlier this month.

Harper signed his first professional contract at The Hawthorns before completing his deadline day switch to Ewood Park and he can't wait to get started in Rovers colours.

"I'm delighted," said the youngster.

"It is a massive club with a big history and I'm looking forward to showing everyone what I'm made of here.

"It has been a crazy day. I signed a new deal with West Brom, then I travelled to Blackburn to meet the manager, see the training ground and the facilities here.

"The training ground speaks for itself, you can't really turn that down - it is top quality.

"I'm just used to watching (transfer deadline day) on the TV. I've seen some of my friends move today and now I have joined them, it is mad really.

"I'll probably be getting messages from everywhere!"

After getting a taste of first team football with West Brom, Harper hopes to get more minutes under his belt at Ewood Park and is targeting a successful season, both for himself and the club.

"Back at West Brom I had a little taste of it, but now I've got to maintain it and keep getting my minutes so I can improve as a player and get that valuable experience," he added.

"On a personal note, I just want to get as many games as possible and show people what I am made of.

"For the team, there is a big expectation. We'll hopefully win the league, win major honours and keep progressing as a team and building for the future."

Harper insists dropping down to League One doesn't faze him, with playing football his sole focus.

"I'm willing to go wherever to play football because at the end of the day that is what you want to be doing," he added.

"It doesn't matter about anything outside, it is showing why you deserve to be playing and why you enjoy doing it.

"So I'm looking forward to it."

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