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Defender Pratt Turns Pro At Rovers

Defender Pratt Turns Pro At Rovers

Young Blackburn Rovers defender George Pratt has signed his first professional contract with the club, after impressing the coaching staff during his two-year apprenticeship.

The towering centre-back has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal, keeping him at Ewood Park until June 2024.

Pratt joined the club in May 2019 and played a key part in Rovers Under-18s’ run to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup last season – scoring in the third round tie away to Birmingham City – as well as helping Ryan Kidd’s side secure a fifth-place Premier League finish.

The 18-year old also made the successful step up to Mike Sheron’s Under-23s, whilst also enjoying a short loan spell at Northern Premier League side Hyde United.

“Casting my mind back to playing grassroots football just a few years ago, to where I am now, it’s hard to find the words to describe just how good the feeling is,” he told the club website.

“It’s been three years and I feel I’ve progressed quite well to go from playing grassroots to earning a professional contract, it’s not something that happens too often.

The last year in particular has been brilliant and there’s been a lot of positives for me to take. I’ve featured quite a bit for the Under-23s and it’s been good to play with and against some more experienced players.

“I think the only disappointment is not getting further in the FA Youth Cup. I really did feel we had a great chance of going all the way in that competition.

“In the league, we were flying high for the first half of the campaign and I think there was always going to be a little drop off, with a few of the lads moving up to the Under-23s and helping the team stay up. It’s been great for everyone’s development though to get that chance.

“The hard work continues for me now. I can’t let up now I’ve signed the deal. This is the stepping stone for people to see what I can do and to create an impression on everyone at the club.”

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