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Hayden pens pro deal

Carter will remain a Rover until the summer of 2020 after putting pen to pap

16 February 2018

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Rovers are delighted to announce that promising young defender Hayden Carter has put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract.

Following in the footsteps of fellow Under-18s starlets John Buckley and Jack Evans, Carter is the latest prospect to commit his long-term future to the club.

Joining at Under-14s level, Carter has progressed through the ranks to become a big part of Billy Barr's team and has skippered the side to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup this season.

Carter's versatility has been a major positive to the team, with the talented teenager being able to play anywhere across the backline.

And the 18-year-old was thrilled to extend his stay at the club until the summer of 2020, but also admits the hard work starts now.

“I’m really happy as I’m at a big club and hopefully I can have a bright future here. I’m delighted to get the contract signed," said Carter, who has also been involved with Damien Johnson's high-flying Under-23s in recent weeks.

"I'm growing in size and physique as well as my skills on the pitch. I feel I can only get better and this is the perfect place to do it, in my view. I enjoy being involved with with Under-23s and with the Under-18s in doing well in the FA Youth Cup.

"I enjoy the responsibility of being captain of the Under-18s and there are plenty of leaders out there like Jack Evans, who skippered the team against Stoke in my absence and scored two goals."

So, what's next on the agenda for Carter?

"The next step for me is regular football in the Under-23s side," he said defiantly. "Long-term I want first team football, but I know I'll have to work hard for that to happen. 

"I'm really thankful for everything the club has done for me so far and hopefully as a club we can get back to where we want to be, starting with promotion to the Championship at the end of this season."

Carter was also quick to note how opportunites are rewarded for young players under manager Tony Mowbray.

A host of youngsters who have come through the Academy have been handed first team chances under Mowbray's rule, particularly this season.

And seeing the likes of David Raya, Ryan Nyambe, Willem Tomlinson and Lewis Travis get their chance has only whet Carter's desire to join them there.

"I look at players like Ryan Nyambe and feel he's been given his chance and plays in a similar position to me. I can see the pathway to the first team and I'm determined to get there. You get opportunities here under the manager."

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