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Rankin-Costello to remain a Rover!

Bright Rovers prospect signs new deal, keeping him at the club until June 2021

4 April 2019

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Rovers are delighted to announce that promising youngster Joe Rankin-Costello has signed a new contract with the club.

The highly-rated 19-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal, which will keep him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2021.

Rankin-Costello, who joined the club from Manchester United at the age of 15, becomes the latest member of the Under-23s squad to commit his future to the club, following in the footsteps of John Buckley, Daniel Butterworth, Lewis Thompson, Stefan Mols and Charley Doyle.

After several outstanding seasons at youth level, the talented teenager was rewarded with a professional contract in January 2017, before being handed his senior debut by manager Tony Mowbray in last season's Checkatrade Trophy group game against Bury at Ewood Park.

A versatile and technically gifted footballer, Rankin-Costello played his part in Rovers' Premier League 2 Division 2 title success last season, before his campaign was cruelly cut short by injury.

Following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, the attacking midfielder, who can also operate at full-back, returned to action in December and has impressed in recent months - netting twice in the Premier League Cup last 16 success over Stoke City last time out.

“It feels really good, as I’ve been waiting for it since I was out injured," said Rankin-Costello after signing.

“It’s a relief more than anything, because it’s been a tough year for me getting back fit.

“Mentally it’s been hard, but the fitness coaches have helped me get through it. Damien (Johnson) and the gaffer have been great in supporting me also.

"I missed playing with the lads and to get back out there with them was the best feeling ever.

"I feel a lot stronger and better mentally now. It’s exciting to be coming in every day, which wasn’t the case a year ago when I was injured.”

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