One of the most promising prospects from Blackburn Rovers' Academy is celebrating signing his first professional contract with the club.

Irish centre-back Gavin Gunning has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal, which ties him to the club until the summer of 2010.

The 17-year-old Academy captain has made 16 appearances for the Under 18s so far this season, and three appearances for Glyn Hodges' reserve side.