Rovers have announced the signing of Jarrad Branthwaite on loan until the end of the season from Everton.
The 18-year-old has been heavily linked with Rovers throughout the window, and Tony Mowbray will be delighted to have finally secured his man, despite reported competition from AFC Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.
Branthwaite began his career with his boyhood club Carlisle, and made his debut aged just 16 in March 2019.
He followed up his breakthrough with his first professional goal in November of the same year, becoming Carlisle’s youngest ever scorer with his strike in an EFL Trophy fixture against Morecambe.
In January of this season, Premier League side Everton came calling for his services, paying a six-figure fee for the promising youngster.
He was rewarded with his first Premier League appearance in July following the restart, and he went on to make four appearances for the club before the end of the 2019-20 season.
The defender, who stands at six foot five inches tall, has been in the matchday squad on four occasions this season but has failed to make an appearance, with Carlo Ancelotti sanctioning a loan move for Branthwaite to gain first-team experience.
Welcome to the club, Jarrad!