Lancashire TelegraphYoung on-loan Blackburn Rovers defender Jack O'Connell pride at captaining Rochdale (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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Young on-loan Blackburn Rovers defender Jack O'Connell pride at captaining Rochdale

Lancashire Telegraph: Young on-loan Blackburn Rovers defender Jack O'Connell pride at captaining Rochdale Young on-loan Blackburn Rovers defender Jack O'Connell pride at captaining Rochdale

TEENAGE Blackburn Rovers defender Jack O’Connell has spoken of his honour at having been handed the captain’s armband during his loan spell at League Two outfit Rochdale. 

The 19-year-old has made just 56 senior appearances – all on loan away from Ewood Park – but his leadership qualities have impressed Dale’s boss and former Rovers defender Keith Hill.

Now proud O’Connell is determined to lead the high-flying Spotland side to promotion.

“It was a huge honour for me to be given the captaincy and it was a proud moment for me,” O’Connell told Sky Sports.

“I have to thank the manager Keith Hill for giving me the captaincy and I want to repay him by doing my best for the team.

“I am just focusing on maintaining my performances and hopefully helping the club win promotion.”

Rovers Academy graduate O’Connell, an England U19s international, will spend the rest of the season on loan with Dale.

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4:24pm Thu 13 Feb 14

owd nick says...

Exceptional achievement from yet another Rovers youngster coming through the ranks, captaining a side that are doing well in their league even though he is only there on loan.
Exceptional achievement from yet another Rovers youngster coming through the ranks, captaining a side that are doing well in their league even though he is only there on loan. owd nick
  • Score: 23

5:33pm Thu 13 Feb 14

juanbbien says...

Congratulations and well done lad
Congratulations and well done lad juanbbien
  • Score: 13

7:55pm Thu 13 Feb 14

French Rover says...

Ready made replacement for Dann and no need to spend millions....
Ready made replacement for Dann and no need to spend millions.... French Rover
  • Score: 10

2:51am Fri 14 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

owd nick wrote:
Exceptional achievement from yet another Rovers youngster coming through the ranks, captaining a side that are doing well in their league even though he is only there on loan.
Good luck to the lad. This is the standard of football he is accustomed to so it's no surprise he's doing well.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Exceptional achievement from yet another Rovers youngster coming through the ranks, captaining a side that are doing well in their league even though he is only there on loan.[/p][/quote]Good luck to the lad. This is the standard of football he is accustomed to so it's no surprise he's doing well. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -6

6:37am Fri 14 Feb 14

xsblue says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Exceptional achievement from yet another Rovers youngster coming through the ranks, captaining a side that are doing well in their league even though he is only there on loan.
Good luck to the lad. This is the standard of football he is accustomed to so it's no surprise he's doing well.
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[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Exceptional achievement from yet another Rovers youngster coming through the ranks, captaining a side that are doing well in their league even though he is only there on loan.[/p][/quote]Good luck to the lad. This is the standard of football he is accustomed to so it's no surprise he's doing well.[/p][/quote]tit xsblue
  • Score: 5

9:08am Fri 14 Feb 14

bburnrover says...

Yes that is what we need a good home grown centre half cannot beat it the way forward for teams like rovers.I hope we give him a chance in the cup next season.
Yes that is what we need a good home grown centre half cannot beat it the way forward for teams like rovers.I hope we give him a chance in the cup next season. bburnrover
  • Score: 1

10:48am Fri 14 Feb 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Cracking achievement hope he is given the opportunity to play in our first team at some point in the near future..
Cracking achievement hope he is given the opportunity to play in our first team at some point in the near future.. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 2

9:26pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Old Alzheimer says...

Good lad Jack

Fill yer boots !!!!!!!!!
Good lad Jack Fill yer boots !!!!!!!!! Old Alzheimer
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