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Everything's alright for White

Young midfielder Tom has been discussing how the first couple of months as a Rover have gone

12 September 2019

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It's taken a little time to adjust to swapping the north-east for the north-west, but Tom White says he's loving every minute of his time as a Rover.

The 22-year-old midfielder made the switch to Ewood Park from non-league Gateshead in the summer, making a three tier jump from the National League to the Championship.

Although yet to feature for the first team, White's been a regular feature in Billy Barr's Under-23s squd, usually playing alongside Brad Lyons in central midfield.

So how have things gone for the youngster since moving to East Lancashire at the beginning of July?

“I’m loving it and it’s a bit different to what I expected," the former Carlisle United trainee admitted.

"I thought it would take time to settle in, but it’s been really easy.

“Everyone has been really welcoming, the lads have been different class and I feel at home, which is a big thing. I think you play better when you feel settled and when you’re secure in your surroundings. The two months have flown by.

“It was a bit of risk. There were chances for me to go and play first-team football in the EFL, but a club the size of Rovers, I had a look around the facilities and it was a no-brainer, I couldn’t say no.

“It’s a massive gap to bridge from National League to Championship and it’s something I’m passionate about. If I carry on the way I am and keep working hard then hopefully I’ll get a chance.

"My girlfriend is living in Rishton. It was weird how it all worked out. I have moved in to my flat, got my bed and the whole moving house thing has been something new to get used to," he added.

“This was the first time ever I’ve been two or three weeks without seeing my mum and dad. It’s difficult, but you have got everything you need here.”

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