Jack Vale hopes he has moved one step closer to the Rovers first team after committing his long-term future to the club.
The exciting forward, who has produced some eye-catching performances for Rovers Under-23s over the past 18 months, today signed a new four-year deal, which will keep him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2023.
Vale netted five times in seven starts in Premier League 2 last season, before scoring the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Rovers’ local rivals Burnley in the final of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup in May.
Having seen the likes of John Buckley, Joe Rankin-Costello, Dan Butterworth, Joe Grayson and Tyler Magloire all make their first team debuts for the club under manager Tony Mowbray, Vale hopes to be the next player off the Academy production line to be given his chance.
“I’ve been here for a while now and I’m happy to be here, so when the club offered me a new deal I was happy to put pen-to-paper and to carry on my journey here,” said the 18-year-old.
“Since I’ve been here, I’ve always wanted to push on and now I just feel like I can push on even more and try to break into the first team.
“The club has developed me into a good player and hopefully I can be a great player one day.
“This new deal shows that the club and the manager has belief in me and I want to prove to everyone that I can be one of the best players.
“Other players from the Under-23s have progressed into the first team and if they can do it then I can do it, so I just want to follow in their footsteps.
“There’s a lot of good young players coming through and I think that I can be one of them. Youngsters get a chance in the first team at this football club and hopefully I get my chance one day.
“I just want to carry on doing what I’m doing and keep working hard every day. I feel like I’m ready now, both physically and mentally, so when my chance comes, I’ve just got to try my best to take the opportunity.
“It would mean a lot to me. That’s why I signed here, to make it into the first team. And if I work hard enough, then I’ll be there one day.”
Vale will now join up with his country, as he looks to make his debut for Wales Under-21s in their Euro 2021 qualifier against Moldova next week.