Rovers have added promising youngster Sam Durrant to their Academy ranks.

The teenager has signed a two-year scholarship with the club, plus a one-year professional contract.

Rovers are said to have beaten off competition to land the 16-year-old from Liverpool where he has spent the last four years.

Durrant will join Rovers' Academy group from July 1 and initially be part of Billy Barr’s Under-18s squad.

And the creative midfielder, who has also spent six years with Everton, is excited by the challenge.

“It’s great, because I believe I’ve got an opportunity here and it’s a great chance for me to progress as a player and as a person,” he said.

“This club provides opportunities for young players to progress and play first team football and hopefully that’s something I can do.

“There are some great players and some good people to work with here, so that can only make me a better player.

“I can’t wait to get going and settle in.”

Durrant is the latest player to join Rovers from a fellow north west Academy, with Okera Simmonds having made the same move earlier this year.

Rovers have a history of bringing in players from the Premier League academies, with Lewis Travis having joined from Liverpool in 2014, while Dan Butterworth and Joe Rankin-Costello were formerly of Manchester United.

Durrant follows Flavien Boyomo, Luke Brennan, Sam Burns, James Connolly, Jordan Eastham, Daniel Pike, Jalil Saadi, Isaac Whitehall and Chanka Zimba, who all signed scholarship agreements with the club at the end of last season.