Date of birth
The 18-year-old centre back became Rovers’ first signing of the transfer window when he arrived on loan from Everton in January 2021.
A highly-rated defender, Branthwaite started his career at Carlisle United, making 14 appearances for the League Two club during the first half of 2019-20, before earning a major move to Everton last January.
The talented teenager made four appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the Premier League at the end of 2019-20 – keeping a clean sheet and producing a man-of-the-match performance in a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in July on his full debut for the Toffees.
Composed, consistent and mature beyond his years, Branthwaite has remained in the first team fold at Everton this season and played in the 1-1 draw against Rovers Under-23s at Leyland in November – having received a maiden international call-up to the England Under-19 squad earlier that month.