The incredible and surprising story of Ben Brereton’s rise to becoming a well-respected and loved figure in Chile is one that has been well-received within the fanbase.
It has also been taken to in the same fashion by the Rovers players, as revealed by Elliott Bennett last week.
Speaking exclusively to the 1875 Podcast, Rovers Chat’s own podcast, Bennett said of Brereton’s rise: “I absolutely love it!”
“What a good kid he is. He is one of the thickest people I’ve ever come across, and I genuinely think my four-year-olds are smarter, but what a lovely boy.”
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Brereton struggled in his first two seasons as a Rovers player following a big money move from Nottingham Forest, but since ‘Project Restart’ – which saw professional football get back underway last June after the pandemic – he has looked a new player.
The 22-year-old was been involved in 12 goals in 43 matches last season, and he has gone on to make his debut for Chile, scoring and assisting in the Copa America, much to the delight of Rovers fans and Bennett alike.
“He’s been a breath of fresh air,” said Bennett. “He came with a big price tag, which didn’t help him, but it’s not his fault.”
“When you’re a young boy and you’re bought for a lot of money, there’s a lot of expectation that goes on your shoulders. The club were buying potential, and we’re now seeing that potential flourish, which is fantastic for Ben and fantastic for the football club.”
“He’s come on leaps and bounds, and his confidence is a massive part of that. You’ve seen this season how good he has been, and then to get the call up for Chile and to be doing what he is doing in the Copa America is incredible.”
“Every time he starts or when he got called up, everyone [the team] is so pleased for him because not one person in that dressing room can say a bad word about him. I wish him every success moving forward.”
Check out our full chat with Elliott Bennett here, as the former Rovers captain spends an hour discussing his time with the club, plans for the future and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OAgudWfi1s
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We are hosting a special live stream on Tuesday 27 July to raise some much needed funds for our charity partner 'Sporting Minds UK', who provide much needed mental health support for sportspeople.
There are plenty of prizes up for grabs, including a signed pair of boots from Elliott Bennett and signed shirts from John Buckley and Joe Rothwell.
To donate, please visit rcdonate.com and give whatever you can to help support this wonderful cause. Thank you.