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David Raya Martin

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

15/09/1995

Height

183 cm

Signed

01/07/2013

Country

Spain

David Raya joined Rovers from Barcelona-based club UE Cornella in July 2012, quickly progressing through the youth ranks and development squad to be a regular member of the first team.

After a strong start to the 2014-15 season, that September saw the keeper gain senior experience on loan at Conference side Southport, with the Spaniard making a huge impression at Haig Avenue.

Raya's final game for the Sandgrounders was a memorable one as he pulled off a string of fine saves as Southport performed superbly in an FA Cup third round tie away to Championship side Derby County.

The beginning of April then saw Raya make his first senior start in a Rovers shirt – marking it with a clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Leeds United at Elland Road – before making his Ewood Park debut in the final game of the 2014-15 campaign in a 3-2 victory over Ipswich Town.

After a handful of first team appearances at the start of the 2015-16 season, Raya continued to provide excellent competition for fellow keeper Jason Steele.

An injury to Steele towards the end of the 2016-17 campaign saw the young Spaniard back in the starting XI, performing impressively in the final five games, conceding just two goals.

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