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Joe joins Rovers ranks

Young goalkeeper Hilton signs two-year deal at Ewood Park after leaving Everton

1 July 2019

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Rovers are pleased to announce the signing of young goalkeeper Joe Hilton from Everton.

The 19-year-old, who will initially link up with Rovers’ Under-23s, has signed a two-year deal at Ewood Park.

A towering presence between the posts, Hilton was part of the Everton Under-23s side that dominated development football last season, winning both the Premier League 2 Division 1 and Premier League Cup titles.

He also gained valuable first team experience, spending the second half of the 2018-19 season on loan at Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division side Marine FC, where he was a team-mate of Rovers youngster Sam Barnes.

The highly-rated stopper started his career as an 11-year-old at Manchester City, representing their Under-18s at the age of just 15.

He then signed a two-year scholarship and one-year professional contract at Everton, where he has trained alongside England number one Jordan Pickford and has been part of their matchday squad for Premier League games against Crystal Palace and Manchester City.

The talented teenager will now compete with Andy Fisher for the number one spot in Rovers Under-23s, who enjoyed an impressive 2018-19 season, finishing fifth in Premier League 2 Division 1 and winning the Lancashire FA Senior Cup.

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