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Getting to Know: Ben Paton

Next up in this new series, we find out a little more about Rovers' rising stars from the Under-23s

3 June 2020

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Earlier this season, we caught up with Rovers Under-23s midfielder Ben Paton, to get to know the Canadian youth international a little better …


Position: Midfielder
DOB: 05/05/2000

First team played for:

The first team I played for was Kitchener Soccer Club in my hometown back in Canada. I was about seven when I first started playing proper football. Before then I was just playing Sunday league. And I was at Kitchener for about five or six years.

Your move to Rovers:

I came over when I was about 15 on a week’s trial. My agent helped get me trials at Rovers, Aston Villa and Reading, and I’ve managed to stay at Rovers ever since.

Best friend in football:

I’d say my best mates in football are probably Louie Annesley and Sam Barnes.

Describe yourself as a player:

Versatile. Centre-midfield is my preferred position, because I like to make things happen and create things, and try to get assists and goals.

Highlight of your career:

Probably being called up by the Canada national team, at Under-17 level. It’s a great experience, being able to play different countries and experience different cultures. And I’d also say playing Under-23s football here at Rovers and signing my pro contract.

Hopes for the season:

Just to keep playing week-in week-out and hopefully progress towards the first team.

Career ambitions:

To play first team football and hopefully play in the Premier League one day.

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