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Buckley buoyed by new deal

Promising Rovers youngster signs new long-term contract through to June 2022

1 March 2019

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We are delighted to announce that rising Rovers star John Buckley has signed a new long-term contract at Ewood Park.

One of Rovers' most promising young players, the 19-year-old midfielder has committed his future to the club until June 2022.

Having joined the club's Academy at the age of six, Buckley has risen through the Rovers ranks to the fringes of the first team.

A versatile and technically gifted footballer, Buckley played a key role in Rovers Under-23s' Premier League 2 Division 2 title success last season and has continued his fine form in the top flight this term.

Having trained with manager Tony Mowbray's senior squad in recent weeks, the talented teenager is targeting a first team debut before the end of the current Championship campaign.

"I'm over the moon," he said. "It's something I've been working towards all season, to get a new contract, so hopefully I can just keep pushing on now.

"I think I've been playing well this year, in games and in training. Damien Johnson has helped me a lot and I think I've improved massively.

"I've been training with the first team quite regularly and I feel like I've done well.

"It's always good to train with better players because it helps to improve yourself.

"The senior players are always happy to help and answer any questions you've got and you pick things up, like communication and organisation skills, and that rubs off on you when you play for the Under-23s.

"To have that manager's trust in you, it gives you the confidence to keep pushing on.

"The manager gives young players opportunities and isn't afraid to put anybody in, so if I keep being professional and doing everything right in training, hopefully the chance to make my debut comes along.

"I was in here the other day with the Under-8s and I was one of them once, so it's been a lot of years and a lot of hard work, so to make my debut would be really special, but I just have to keep going."

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