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Donnelly: Players are a testament to the club

“It epitomises what Blackburn Rovers is all about”

29 November 2018

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Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly was full of praise for three of her longest serving players after they recently reached milestones at the club.

Saffron Jordan and Natasha Fenton both surpassed a century of Rovers games earlier this month, while Jess Holbrook is moving closer to playing 150 times for the club.

“It’s really pleasing to see, it epitomises what Blackburn Rovers Football Club is all about,” Donnelly said.

“That loyalty of being dedicated servants to the club and creating an environment where players want to perform for each other.

“I think it’s about the culture that we have created at Blackburn, for players to want to stay and represent the club.

“We try to adopt the culture of working together to get the most successful outcome and for the players to work with their team mates to get us promoted into a division that they are more than worthy of playing in.”

Since joining at the age of 13, Fenton has graduated from Rovers’ Centre of Excellence before moving into the first-team, while Jordan has scored 81 goals in her 104 games for the Blues.

“Both players have had a tremendous journey in their time here and have been easy to retain, despite the setbacks we’ve faced.

“I’m thrilled to have both stay on at Blackburn and to see that both of them are doing really well this season.”

Another player in fine form is one of Fenton’s central midfield partners, Jess Holbrook.

Holbrook has picked up four Player of the Match awards so far this season – more than any other player.

In 128 games for Rovers across four seasons, she has scored 32 goals from the middle of the park.

“Jess is probably one of the most under-the-radar players. She’s first to training and last to leave. She’s a consummate professional on and off the pitch.

“Jess does all the most basic things right, and executes them in an excellent fashion. She’s one of the most technical players I’ve worked with in football, but also one of the most humble.

“She’s an absolute joy to work with and one of the first names on my teamsheet. To see her performing well is only testament to how she trains and her attitude.”

You can see Fenton, Jordan and Holbrook all in action for Rovers Ladies when Sunderland Ladies visit Bamber Bridge for a League Cup Third Round tie on Sunday 9th December.


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