Isaac Whitehall’s ability on and off the field has been recognised by the League Football Education (LFE).

Whitehall is one of 11 players to have been praised by the LFE that is tasked with managing the Apprenticeship (ASE/SEP) programme at EFL.

Whitehall has enjoyed a standout season, signing his first professional contract at Rovers as reward for his progress.

The teenager has progressed through to the Under-23s, becoming a regular in Billy Barr’s side, and has also captained the Under-18s to the last four of the FA Youth Cup. There they will meet Manchester City when the season resumes, with the Academy fixture list currently shutdown because of the Coronavirus.

Cumbrian-born Whitehall joins Okem Chime (Barnet), Jake Hutchinson (Colchester), Eiran Cashin (Derby), Sam Long (Lincoln), Michael Statham (Nottingham Forest), Harrison Burrows (Peterborough), Jarvis Cleal (Plymouth), Joe Nolan (Preston), Tom Collins (Scunthorpe) and Joe Gelhardt (Wigan ) in receiving recognition.

LFE chief executive Sarah Stephen added: “The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officers throughout the season.

“It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship.”