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Harper: The best is yet to come from us

Will a busy schedule mean more game-time for the loanee?

14 November 2017

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Rovers midfielder Rekeem Harper believes there is more to come from himself and his team-mates ahead of a hectic schedule in the lead up to the festive period.

Teenager Rekeem was one of four Rovers players - the others being Paul Downing, Sam Hart and Matty Platt - at the EFL Trust's Kids Cup at The Brick on Monday afternoon and spoke to iFollow about the importance of community events, settling in at Rovers and the season so far.

On loan from West Bromwich Albion for the season, he has started two games this term - the latest of which came against Barnet in the FA Cup earlier this month - and the 17-year-old is eager for more gametime before 2017 is out.

"It's been pretty difficult but I knew it would be tough competition in a team full of experienced players in my position who have played 200 games and more," the youngster admitted.

"It's a busy period coming up this month and in December time so I'm hoping to get more opportunities. 

"I've been waiting for my chance and just wanted to impress the manager as much as I could.

"I hadn't played a game in a long time so to play the full 90 minutes in the recent Checkatrade Tropy game at Rochdale. It was good to get a physical run out and when the manager does decide to throw me in I'll be ready for the team."

And Harper is happy off the pitch, too. His move from the Midlands to Lancashire saw the Rovers no. 4 go out of his comfort zone but he's settled into the squad quickly and is enjoying life at Ewood Park.

"I've loved being in the group. The likes of Dominic Samuel, Bradley Dack and Derrick Williams are young like me and we have similar conversations, and the experienced players like Danny Graham and Peter Whittingham allow me to learn off them so I'm getting both sides of the squad, which is great," he said.

"We've gone through a bit of a rough patch so far but we have a lot of quality in the squad. We have to stay confident, believe in the way we play and we'll get the results we need because we're a good enough team.

And community events are important for Harper, who has gone down a similar pathway during his younger days with his parent club.

"I've been involved in events such as visiting schools and speaking to young people in and around the community at least once every month at West Brom so I'm familiar with it.

"The kids aspire to be like us so they are here working hard and having come from a familiar setup when we were youger it's something we know about well."

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