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Brad's pro deal delight

Lyons thrilled to sign his first professional contract, which runs until June 2020

11 January 2019

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Brad Lyons says it's a 'dream come true' to sign the first professional contract of his career.

Having impressed during the first half of the season with Rovers' Under-23s, the midfielder's loan move from Northern Irish side Coleraine has now been made permanent.

The 21-year-old admits it took time for him to adjust to the demands of full-time football, but he has been pleased with the progress he has made on the pitch.

Lyons has become a mainstay of the Under-23s' midfield in recent weeks, scoring in the victories over Swansea City and Arsenal, and his aim now is to push towards the senior squad.

"It's a dream come true," said Lyons, who has signed an 18-month contract with the club through to June 2020.

"I'm 21 years old and this is my first ever professional contract, so I'm absolutely delighted.

"It's a massive deal, coming from part-time football back home to now signing my first pro deal. It's a great feeling, but I've worked hard for it and I feel like I've deserved it.

"But signing the deal only means that I've got to push on more and more, and fight to try and get in the first team.

"I feel like I've developed really well under the gaffer and under Damien Johnson. They've developed me as a player and I feel like I've come on leaps and bounds both physically and mentally, so hopefully I can push on and keep going.

"I'm more aware of things that I have to do on the football pitch and all the credit goes down to Damien Johnson for that.

"It was tough at the start, playing against quality teams, but thanks to the boys around me, on and off the training pitch, I've got better over the weeks.

"I've got more used to the full-time training and I feel like I've benefited from that and I'm starting to put the performances in on the pitch.

"Recent results - beating the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea - have given me more confidence to kick on and show that I'm good enough to play at this level.

"I've trained with the first team over the last few weeks and that's made me hungry for more. It motivates me to push on, so every time I get an opportunity to train with the first team I just get my head down and work hard and hopefully there's more to come.

"Since I've been here, the club have been brilliant. The facilities are quality, it's run like a Premier League club, so the end goal is to get into the Blackburn Rovers first team."

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