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Former Cardiff keeper joins Rovers ranks

Young stopper Oliver Byrne links up with Rovers' development squad

17 February 2018

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Rovers are pleased to announce the signing of young goalkeeper Oliver Byrne on a one-and-a-half-year deal.

Highly-rated Byrne, who was recently with Cardiff City, will link up with Damien Johnson's table-topping Under-23s, where he will compete with Andy Fisher for the number one spot.

The 20-year-old, who hails from Manchester, has spent the last two years at Cardiff, joining the Welsh side after completing his scholarship at boyhood club Manchester United.

The talented youngster, who can also count Liverpool and Crewe Alexandra as former clubs, admits he is thrilled to join a "massive club" and return to his North West roots.

"I can't wait to get started now," he told iFollow Rovers. "I'm excited to see what the future holds for me here with the lads. I'll put the hard work in and see where that gets me.

"It's a massive club with great history. It has everything going for it and the facilities here are top class. I played against Rovers as a kid at Manchester United and I thought it was a good set-up, even back then.

"The move is a local one, so I can live back at home with my family. It's only an hour away and it's good to be back up north.

"I want to get as many games under my belt as possible, whether that's playing for the Under-23s, out on loan or, if I'm lucky enough, in the first team."

The stopper, who worked closely with David de Gea during his time at United, will remain a Rover until the summer of 2019 and is eager to test himself with regular first team football.

"A lot of managers look for experience," he added. "It's a massive thing and I'm prepared to go out on loan to get it if I need to.

"It's a great group of keepers here. We're all a similar age, the atmosphere is brilliant in the group and we're all hard working.

"We all want to get the first team slot, which is only going to push everyone on."

Byrne's arrival follows hot on the heels of the signing of exciting forward Okera Simmonds from Liverpool, who linked up with Rovers Under-23s on a permanent basis earlier this week.

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