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Thompson signs new deal

The talented left back has put pen-to-paper on a deal to keep him at the club until June 2020

15 March 2019

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Lewis Thompson has become the latest promising young player to pen a new contract with the club.

The 19-year-old left-back has signed a new deal which will keep him at Ewood Park until June 2020.

Thompson, who joined Rovers from Manchester United at the age of 16, spent three months on loan at FC United of Manchester earlier this season.

He was recalled by Rovers in November and has played a key role in the Under-23s' progress in both the league and cup competitions - scoring a dramatic last-minute equaliser in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup semi-final success over Accrington Stanley last month.

"I'm really glad to get it signed," said the England and Northern Ireland youth international.

"I signed a one-year contract last year, so the aim coming into this season was to try and get another contract and extend my time here, so I'm really glad I've done that.

"It's ended up being a really good season for me. I went out on loan for a little bit of game time at FC United of Manchester and really enjoyed it there.

"I had some great experiences and it really taught me a lot and helped me. I think I've done really well since I've come back because of that loan and also from the hard work I've been putting in.

"We've won a lot of games, kept a lot of clean sheets and I've been really happy with my performances. I feel like I've come a long way and have found a good level of consistency, which I'm really happy about."

Having watched team-mate Tyler Magloire make his first team debut in the 3-0 win against Wigan Athletic in midweek, Thompson has his sights set on following in the defender's footsteps.

"The ultimate aim for me is to try and get into the first team," added the Rovers youngster.

"We saw Tyler this week make his debut and I'm really happy for him because I don't think anyone deserves it more given the amount of hard work he puts in.

"But when you see someone who you play with - and I share a car with - and who is in the same changing room as you making that step, it doesn't feel a million miles away and you feel like it's possible for you as well.

"So hopefully that chance comes in the future and then it's all about taking that opportunity, because it might only come once."

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