Rovers prospect Jake Garrett has penned his first professional deal with the club and is excited to continue his journey at Ewood Park.

Garrett signed a contract through to 2022 having just celebrated his 17th birthday and has previously represented England at Under-15 and Under-16 level.

He becomes the second member of Rovers’ current drop of Under-18s to sign pro terms at Ewood Park, following on from captain Isaac Whitehall.

Garrett has endured an injury-hit season, playing just eight times, and that has kept him out of the FA Youth Cup campaign that has seen Rovers reach the last four, with a semi-final against Manchester City to come.

Despite his tender age, Garrett, has already made his debut for the Under-23s side, that coming in a Premier League Cup knockout round win against Stoke City last March.

Garrett is in to his eighth year at Rovers, having joined as a nine-year-old, and says seeing so many young players develop at the club gives him an ambition to follow in their footsteps.

He said: “I’ve really grown up at Rovers and all the staff welcomed me in from the very start.

“I’ve seen players in the past come through the youth ranks here and really kick on to make it into the first team, and that’s the main aim for me."

Manchester United, among others, have been credited with interest in Garrett previously, with Rovers keen to tie him down to a professional contract at the earliest moment.

More of Mike Sheron’s current Under-18s group are set to follow in the footsteps of Whitehall and Garrett in securing an extended spell at Rovers.

Garrett only signed his two-year scholarship at Rovers last summer, and despite injuries having disrupted his 2019/20 campaign, he is the first of that crop to sign professional terms.

“I’m made up because I’ve been at the club since I was nine and all the work I’ve put in has paid off," said Garrett.

“I started off at Liverpool and Everton before coming here, but this is the place where I’ve really blossomed, playing with the lads and growing up with them as well.

“I reached Under-18s level with the same group of players and it’s been a great experience. I love the club, I feel comfortable here and I want to spend the next two years here.”