Harlock relishes Saturday’s mini-Lancashire Derby


Rovers U18s midfielder Jared Harlock sat down with Andy Watson to record the latest instalment of our ‘Inside The Rovers Academy’ series.

Harlock discussed a range of topics, from his personal goals and playing style to his role models and path of progression Harlock provides a good insight into the life of a young footballer – details of the full episode can be found at the end of the article.

So far this season, Harlock has made 12 appearances for the U18s, and a further six for the U23s in what has been a positive campaign for the young midfielder.

This morning’s ‘mini-Lancashire Derby’ sees Rovers face Burnley for the second time this season, with the previous encounter seeing Rovers come out 2-1 winners with Harlock on the scoresheet alongside Harrison Wood. 

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Discussing whether the young Rovers knew the meaning of the derby, Harlock said: “Yeah definitely, we know how big the Burnley veruss Blackburn game is for the fans. 

“It’s another league game for us. We’ve three wins on the bounce and we want to get another win. They’re just above us in the league, so if we win this we catch up with them on points so it’s a win that we need, and I think it would be great for the fans if we beat Burnley – it’s not nice to get beat by Burnley!

“We beat them in October and some of the fans they were quite happy with it as well, so we need the win tomorrow.

“We’ve looked at them and we’ve countered attacked what their formation is, so we have an overload in the midfield,”

“The last six games have been positive, but we’re going into this Burnley game hoping to get a win.”


Mike Sheron’s side currently sit ninth in table three points behind Burnley and are currently on a three-game winning streak. 

“[We’re] feeling confident. The last three games we’ve won playing well, and then the three games before it. We got beat 3-4 by Manchester United and should have got something out of that, against Everton we were the dominant team for 90 minutes but got beat 2-1 and then we draw with Manchester City.” said Harlock. 

The aforementioned 4-3 defeat to Manchester United saw Harlock’s teammate Zak Gilsenan score a hat-trick, and Harlock was full of praise for the forward dubbed the ‘Irish Messi.’

“He’s been playing well lately, a hat trick against United and against Liverpool was one of his best games of this year so he’s in top form so get him on the ball and hopefully got some goals from him.” 

Full Episode: https://youtu.be/L55K3N_G_p4

Kick off is from 11am. Follow our account dedicated to all the ongoings in the Rovers Academy on Twitter: @academy_rovers.

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