Rovers starlet Jack Evans’ on and off the pitch achievements have been recognised by League Football Education (LFE), along with 10 other young footballers.
‘The 11’ acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former EFL clubs.
The young Rovers midfielder has been a high achiever throughout his apprenticeship, which led to him earning his first professional contract with the club in February.
The 17-year-old, who joined the club at the age of six, was an integral part of Rovers’ run to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup, grabbing a brace in the 2-1 victory against Stoke City in the third round, while he has also been heavily involved with the Under-23s, amassing 16 appearances for Damien Johnson’s side, who secured the Premier League 2 Division 2 title.
Despite his playing success, Evans has remained committed to the education programme and is set to achieve top marks on his BTEC.
LFE Regional Officer, Craig Skinner, said: “Jack has shown an outstanding attitude, work ethic and desire to succeed. He has made great football progress and has also been an outstanding student, staying on course for D*D*D* grades.”
LFE Chief Executive, Alan Sykes, added: “The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officers throughout the season. It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship.”
The 11 – May 2018:
Jack Evans (Rovers)
Alex Render (Chesterfield)
Elliot Bonds (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Cameron Cresswell (Derby County)
James Morris (Doncaster Rovers)
James Gillard (Northampton Town)
Atli Barkarson (Norwich City)
Adam O’Reilly (Preston North End)
Adam Kelsey (Scunthorpe United)
Joe Romanski (Swindon Town)
Ryan Giles (Wolverhampton Wanderers)