League Two side Forest Green have snapped up Jack Evans on a free transfer after his release from Rovers.

Evans endured an injury-ravaged two years that saw him play just 10 Under-23s matches for Rovers since turning professional in 2018, having first joined the club at the age of six.

A broken leg in October cut short his 2018/19 season and it wasn’t until November 2019 that he returned to action, before suffering another injury after returning from a loan spell at Northern Premier League Premier Division side Lancaster City earlier this year.

The 19-year-old, who played at left back and central midfield during his Academy days, was a key member of the Under-23s side that won promotion to Premier League 2 under Damien Johnson in 2017/18.

And he's been quickly snapped up by Forest Green who finished last season in 10th.

“I was really excited when I first heard about the prospect of coming to the club,” Evans said.

“The standards, the ethos, the way they play - I couldn’t be happier to sign. I’m excited by the challenge of coming into a new environment and having to prove my worth.

“When given my chance, I’ll make sure I take It and show everyone what I’m capable of.”

No length of contract has been disclosed, but Director of Football, Richard Hughes, said: “We’ve been following his career with interest at Blackburn and are pleased to get this deal done.  He’s a talented player and we hope he develops at FGR.”

Under-23s boss Billy Barr was always confident that Evans wouldn’t be without a club for a while, citing his positive attitude at the setback of being released as a key factor.

“I’ve known Jack for over five years and I know positive he is about the circumstances. Having spoken to him since he had his chat with the gaffer, he sees it as a minor setback,” he said of the 19-year-old last month.

“He’s desperate to get back in to football, he’s back fit at the moment. I have to say that throughout my time knowing Jack he’s been a model scholar and a joy to work with as a young professional.

“Anybody that has worked with Jack will probably say the same.

“He has got an agent, but he’s got people who have worked with him with links to other clubs as well, that will be keen and interested because they know what they’re getting. It’s not a gamble with Jack.”