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Rovers starlet Jack represents his country

Vale played twice in the double-header against Croatia earlier this week

23 March 2018

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It was another proud moment for Rovers starlet Jack Vale who made another two appearances for Wales Under-19s earlier in the week.

The attacker, who recently put pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal to keep him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2020, appeared twice for his country in the space of two days - both against Croatia.

The first came in the 3-0 defeat against the hosts, with the game played in Vrbovec, near the capital of Zagreb, with Vale getting 30 minutes of football under his belt.

The forward impressed manager Paul Bodin enough to start against the same opponents just two days later, with Jack appearing for the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat.

Speaking after the game, Jack told Rovers that he wants more of the action for his country.

"It's always an honour to represent your country every time you pull on the shirt. The games against Croatia have been more good experiences for me," the teenager reflected.

"I'm still developing my game and learning from the players around me. I just want more opportunities like this and the only way I'll get that is by working hard for Rovers and playing well."

It's been an excellent season for Vale, who was one of the stars of the FA Youth Cup campaign, which saw Rovers reach the last eight.

The attacking midfielder bagged a brilliant hat-trick in Rovers' 5-1 victory over Nottingham Forest in the fifth round, before netting a stunning strike in the quarter-final defeat to Blackpool.

The first year scholar, who only turned 17 a fortnight ago, has also represented Rovers' Under-23s this season, having made his debut for Damien Johnson's side in the 4-0 victory over Fulham back in September.

Keep up the good work, Jack!


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