Leo Duru is targeting his Blackburn Rovers debut next season after the exciting right-back signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The 19-year-old has penned fresh terms with Rovers, tying him to the club until June 2026, with an option of 12 more months. He has been with the club since Under-10s.

Duru has impressed in Mike Sheron's Under-21s set-up, particularly in the second half of the season. This has been his first campaign outside of the Under-18s but he has made the step up impressively.

So much so that Duru has been in and around the first-team set up. He was named on the bench several times under Jon Dahl Tomasson and will be hoping to catch the eye of John Eustace in pre-season.

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With Joe Rankin-Costello operating as a central midfielder under Eustace, there may be a vacancy at right-back as understudy to Callum Brittain.

That could be an opportunity for Duru, who aside from Zak Gilsenan, is amongst the most likely to be the next player to make that jump from 21s to senior football.

"It's a good feeling to get that signed and done, I want to thank God first of all," he told RoversTV.

"It's the right step for me. I think there's much more to come and I'll keep pushing for that.

"It's been a nice surprise, I think I've had a good season so I'm pleased to be rewarded.

"At the start of the season, it's my first professional season. I kicked on well, I wanted to impress and ensure I was starting.

"The 23s started quite slow but after Christmas, we all really started kicking on. I've added goals and assists to my games.

"I've been on the bench and hopefully, next season my debut comes. 21s football compared to 18s last year was a big step up, it's a faster game

"Then when you go and train with the first-team, which I've done, it's even faster and so much more intense. You get a lot better when you train with the season pros, it's a good challenge."