TONY Mowbray says he has heard nothing but positive things about West Bromwich Albion midfielder Rekeem Harper.

The 17-year-old was Rovers’ first signing on deadline day as he joined on a season-long loan deal from the Baggies.

Harper had been set to join Rovers in the second week of August, only for the deal to fall through because the midfielder made his Premier League debut on the opening day of the season.

He also made an appearance for the West Brom first-team in the Carabao Cup win at Accrington Stanley last week, but additions to Tony Pulis’ side allowed the teenager to make the move to Ewood Park.

Mowbray was keen to add some athleticism to his squad, and believes that is what he has got, and more, in Harper.

He said: “Young Rekeem Harper, the reports I have had back from the scouting department, and from people I trust in football, they have told me what a fantastic talent he is.

“He has played for West Brom’s first-team in the Premier League but he is of a tender age.

“You can see that when you meet him, although he is a giant of a boy, he’s very young, bubbly, looks extremely athletic and when you watch him play he seems to be all over the field.

“He’s an exciting project, for us and for him I hope. He’s hopefully coming here to play some football and enjoy himself and show everyone his talent.

“I’m delighted that he’s here. I know he will light up the training ground with his personality and his enthusiasm, he’s a very humble boy but hugely talented and I’m looking forward to seeing how he integrates in to the group.”