Blackburn Rovers have announced that Jake Batty has put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal, which will keep him at the club until June 2025.
The homegrown talent is the latest in the club’s conveyor belt of Academy graduates to sign professional terms in recent months, following on from John Buckley, Ashley Phillips, Adam Wharton and Jake Vale.
The second-year apprentice played an integral role for Rovers’ U18s last season, with the young Riversiders enjoying a successful season in which they finished fifth in the U18 Premier League, and reached the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
The 17-year-old’s progress has been on a constant upwards trajectory, with his stand out performances earning him an international call up with England U17s and more recently, his First Team debut for Blackburn. Batty was handed his maiden appearance for Rovers in a 4-0 win against Hartlepool in the Carabao Cup.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Batty told RoversTV.
“It’s getting to the point where I feel I’m really developing and I couldn’t wish for anything more than to be a Rovers player.”
Batty also used the opportunity to heap praise on the Rovers Academy: “Looking at what the Academy’s done in the last six or seven years in particular, there have been 600 consecutive games with an Academy graduate in it, it’s working.”