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A proud night for Joe Grayson

Debut delight for the youngster and fellow Academy graduate Dan Butterworth against Lincoln City

30 August 2018

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It was a night to remember for defender Joe Grayson on Tuesday evening as the youngster made his professional debut.

The versatile defender, who has impressed playing for Damien Johnson's Under-23s in recent seasons, was given the nod from the start for the first team's Carabao Cup win against Lincoln City.
He played the full 90 minutes in the game and with it, became just the third ever father and son duo to represent Rovers, and the first in 89 years.
Father Simon spent three years at Ewood between 1999 to 2002, meaning the Graysons follow in the footsteps of the Cromptons and the Forrests.
So how did Grayson Jnr find it?
“I found out on Sunday that I’d be starting when I was getting ready for the Under-23s game against Leicester City. When I found out I’d be involved in the first team I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to get going," he admitted to iFollow Rovers.
“It took me a while to get to sleep on Monday night as I was so buzzing for it, but in the end I prepared well for it.
“It was a big occasion for me and I was a little bit nervous, but I felt I was helped massively by the lads around me and the staff. I think I grew into the game as it went on.
“It happened so quick so it will take me a little time to allow it to sink in. It was great to see Dan [Butterworth] making his debut on the same night. The lads really helped us. In the second half the team stepped things up another level.
“It’s a big learning curve going from Under-23s to the senior team and the lads were fantastic. It’s a great insight to life in the first team.
“My Dad gave me advice before the game and he’s been really helpful. For both me and Dan’s family it’s a really proud moment. Hopefully we can both kick on now and keep catching the manager's eye."

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