The next wave of talent: Profiling Rovers’ latest intake of scholars

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With pre-season back underway, Rovers have confirmed their latest intake of scholars who will embark on their full-time careers with the club.

The academy at Brockhall is famed for its success rate in bringing through talent, with the first-team displaying a range of graduates under Tony Mowbray.

Yesterday, the club confirmed ten youngsters have put pen to paper on a two-year deal, keeping them with Rovers on a full-time basis until June 2023 at the earliest.

The youngsters are: Jake Batty, Dominik Biniek, William Blease, Adam Caddick, George Chmiel, Leonard Duru, Ashley Famuyiwa, Harley O’Grady-Macken, Charlie Olson and Ryan Wilson

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Below, we’ve given a brief overview of the youngsters who will all aim to follow in the footsteps of Ryan Nyambe, Darragh Lenihan and co.

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Hailing from Crosby, Jake Batty – a defender – was signed at U15 level by the Rovers academy after being spotted by a regional scout. He made his first appearance for Mike Sheron’s U18 side in a derby victory over Burnley U18s.

Previously at Bury, midfielder Dominik Biniek made four appearances for the U18s last season, before an injury limited his chances of appearing.

Goalkeeper Will Blease made three appearances for Rovers U18s this season, with most of his appearances coming at U16 level. He has spent time over the summer as part of a Republic of Ireland training camp.

Highly-rated youngster Adam Caddick signed for Rovers earlier this season, spending time previously with Marine AFC and Liverpool. He made three appearances for the U18s last season.

Forward George Chmiel has played for Poland U16s previously and he made eight appearances for the Rovers U18s side last season.

Leo Duru is a midfielder who made two appearances for the U18s last season, and he will look to step up into Sheron’s side on a permanent basis with the likes of Jared Harlock progressing into the U23s.

Young defender Ashley Famuyiwa has represented Wales at U16 level this year, and featured regularly for Rovers U18s at the end of last season.

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Former Manchester United and Wolves academy prospect Harley O’Grady-Macken has also put pen to paper after signing for Rovers last season. O’Grady-Macken was rated highly at United, captaining their U13s despite being a year younger.

Charlie Olson and Ryan Wilson also signed deals with the club, and we wish the ten players all the best in their career with Rovers and beyond.

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