Blackburn Rovers - Academy Graduates Sign Pro Contracts
UK time is: 19:08:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Academy Graduates Sign Pro Contracts

Blackburn Rovers have handed one-year professional contracts to three Academy graduates.

Jonathan Bateson, Kris Paterson, and Martin McCubbin are the graduates, who between them made plenty of appearances in the Academy and Reserves sides last season and will now be looking to play exclusively in the Reserves next season in the hope of securing longer-term deals.

Bateson (a local lad) is a defender who can play in the middle or as a right-back, Paterson, (a former Scottish Youth International) can also play in the middle of defence, or (and mainly) as a left-back, and finally McCubbin is a forward who can play on the wing, or as an out and out striker.

Meanwhile another youngster (Alex Marrow) has also been handed a one-year contract after a successful trial with the club.

The 18-year-old midfielder had a trial with Rovers in February (arriving from Non-League Ashton Athletic) and after impressing was offered a short-term contract until the end of last season. After again impressing in the Academy and Reserve sides he has now signed a one-year professional contract and like the three graduates will be looking to impress yet further to secure a longer stay at Ewood Park.

NOT REGISTERED TO VITAL BLACKBURN? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Register by clicking here.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 27 2008

Time: 6:59PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Good luck to all four of these players, the chances of them making it into the first team at any point during their time with Rovers might be slim, but I'm hopeful that we will start seeing more of our own Academy products start coming through again soon, so maybe one (or more) of these could do just that?!?!
Hughes Da Man
Report Abuse
27/05/2008 19:01:00

They are going about it the right way though. Give them the short term deals. Give them the chance and analyze how they do and take it from there. I hope all 4 of them make an impact. Especially the local lads. A couple more Matty D's and we're laughing.
MikeyGamst
Report Abuse
29/05/2008 13:15:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

King Set For Rovers Exit (Thursday May 28 2015)

Striker Linked With Bournemouth (Sunday May 24 2015)

Scotland Omit Rovers Duo (Wednesday May 20 2015)

Where Does The Time Go!! (Wednesday May 20 2015)

Retained List Confirmed (Saturday May 16 2015)

Pre-Season Plans Revealed (Saturday May 16 2015)

Archived Blackburn Rovers Articles

List All Vital Blackburn Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Walker 14
2. rover50 7
3. dallydally 7
4. rovers2011 5
5. Sasman! 2
6. roverjoy 2
7. marshinrover 1
8. Adrian Daykin 1

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Ipswich 46 22 12 12 18 78
7. Wolves 46 22 12 12 14 78
8. Derby County 46 21 14 11 29 77
9. Blackburn 46 17 16 13 7 67
10. Birmingham 46 16 15 15 -10 63
11. Cardiff 46 16 14 16 -4 62
12. Charlton 46 14 18 14 -6 60

Breaking League News

LUFC Cellino is in a rush to do things at Leeds
Leeds Utd : 28/05/2015 19:00:01
LUFC Leeds off to Austria and Norway
Leeds Utd : 28/05/2015 19:00:01
LUFC Rosler looking to lay solid foundations
Leeds Utd : 28/05/2015 19:00:00
Howe: King versatility will be invaluable
Bournemouth : 28/05/2015 18:06:01
King: Premier League has always been the dream
Bournemouth : 28/05/2015 17:41:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Ipswich MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Raya Martin 10%
Henley 0%
Lenihan 34%
Spurr 0%
Olsson 0%
Williamson 2%
Dunn 22%
Conway 28%
Evans 0%
Rhodes 2%
Gestede 0%
Sub - King 0%
Sub - Marshall 2%