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Lewis pleased to put pen to paper

Midfielder aiming to progress at a rapid pace from here on in

28 November 2017

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Thirteen years on since first joining the club as a six-year-old, midfielder Lewis Hardcastle signed a fresh two-year contract with the club to remain a Rover until June 2019.

And Hardcastle - who bagged a goal to celebrate his new deal against West Brom last night - couldn't hide his delight when discussing his past, present and future with iFollow.

"It's great to get the deal signed. I've been here for 13 years and now it's time to kick on," he beamed.

"The club have done a lot for me and treated me well. I want to stay here as long as possible. I've loved every minute of it. 

"All the staff have always been nice to me and I've really enjoyed playing here. I hope that continues.

"When you are six-years-old you always have aspirations to be a footballer and now I'm delighted to put pen to paper at a big club.

"It's a massive achievment for anyone to sign a professional contract."

The present day has seen Hardcastle feature heavilly and be a key cog in Damien Johnson's promotion-chasing Under-23s side, and Lewis has one aim on the field with the young side.

"I hope the Under-23s can win the league and go into the top level. It's the best U23s side we've had for a while with the togetherness we have.

"We're all best mates really both on and off the pitch. That makes it so much easier to play with my team-mates.

"I'm really motivated to push on and get a first team chance and ultimately taking it. I think everyone's the same. We know there is always a chance of getting in the first team with this club.

"The gaffer isn't bothered about chucking youngsters in and I'm ready to make progress and play in the first team sooner rather than later."


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