A Blackburn Rovers player has surprised a young fan, by turning up at his Blackburn home to hand deliver him a gift.

To celebrate the launch of the new 2023-24 home kit, Ryan Hedges teamed up Rovers’ logistics partner, Barcode Logistics, to surprise a lucky young Rovers fan.

The Sidat family, who live in the Intack area, were the first to order the new junior shirt online.

As a special thank you, Hedges hand delivered the new shirt to youngster Yusuf, who was quick to pull on the iconic blue-and-white halves, before inviting the Rovers winger for a kickabout in his garden.

Yusuf, aged nine, who attended a number of matches last season on the Ewood Express, said: “I think the new kit looks really nice and I can’t wait to wear it at Ewood Park!”

A video has also been shared of Yusuf and Hedges meeting, with the Rovers fan starstruck when Hedges turns up on his doorstep.

The new home shirt proved particularly popular with supporters on our early launch day, with the initial stock selling out within hours of going on sale.

For the third successive year, Macron Sports are the club’s kit manufacturer, while Totally Wicked continue as principal sponsor, with their logo included on the front of all three shirts.

However, the vaping company's logo is not present on the junior strips.

Unveiling the new kit, Rovers said: “The shirt, which incorporates an iconic feature of the club’s history, combines a traditional design with a message of sustainability and respect for the environment.

“The new kit, which is designed by Macron – the club’s official technical partner since 2021 – is made from Eco Fabric, a polyester material obtained entirely from recycled plastic.

“The shirt, which features the club’s traditional blue-and-white halves, with sleeves in the opposite colour, has a white collar and a cornflower blue V-neck to match the players’ new training wear.

“As a celebration of our past, embedded in our present, the words ROVERS F.C. are printed on the back of the neck and within the blue half of shirt in the same font that appears outside the stadium next to the statue of Jack Walker.”