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Rovers sign Saddlers starlet

Young striker Mitchel Candlin joins Rovers from Walsall on an initial loan deal

31 August 2018

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Rovers are pleased to confirm the signing of highly-rated young striker Mitchel Candlin from Walsall.

The 18-year-old joins on an initial loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent in January.

The youngster, who came through the Saddlers' youth system, has made nine first team appearances for the high-flying League One club.

Candlin played five games during the 2016-17 campaign - making his full debut against MK Dons on the final day of the season, aged just 16.

He also helped the Saddlers' development squad win the Walsall Senior Cup, scoring a brace in the 4-3 semi-final victory over Wolverhampton Casuals.

The Stafford-born frontman signed his first professional contract in August 2017, before playing a further four first team games for Walsall last season.

Candlin is expected to initially link up with Damien Johnson's Under-23s, as he attempts to force his way into manager Tony Mowbray's senior squad.

"I can't wait to get playing and do as well as I can at a great club with a massive history," said the talented teenager.

"The facilities here are outstanding and they will hopefully bring out the best in me.

"I hope to gain knowledge and experience from both Damien Johnson and Tony Mowbray - I've met them both and they are really nice people.

"The goal is to ultimately play first team football, but I'm aware that I have to produce the goods for the Under-23s first.

"I played under two different managers at Walsall and felt I handled the physical nature of League One well and did okay when I played. 

"Having been on the bench for Walsall in the league game against Rovers at Ewood Park last season, I saw a clinical team that played the right way and I was very impressed. I can't wait to get going with this great club."

Welcome to Rovers, Mitchel!

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