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Ash Phillips signs professional deal with Blackburn Rovers

Ash Phillips signing contract

Highly-rated defender Ash Phillips has signed his first professional contract at Blackburn Rovers, committing his future to the club until June 2025.

The 17-year-old, who is currently away on international duty with England Under-19s, becomes the latest Rovers starlet to sign a new long-term deal after John Buckley and Adam Wharton.

A regular for Rovers Under-18s during the second half of the 2020-21 season, aged just 15, Phillips made his U23 debut in last season’s Premier League 2 opener against Everton.

The towering defender would go on to make 11 PL2 appearances for Mike Sheron’s side last season and spent the majority of the campaign training with the first team squad.

Having caught the eye of new Blackburn head coach Jon Dahl Tomasson in pre-season, Phillips played a prominent part in Rovers’ summer schedule.

His positive pre-season was rewarded by making his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup in August followed by his Championship debut three days later. The young defender has since gone on to make a further four first team appearances in the league and cup.

Rovers’ Director of Football Gregg Broughton said: “Ashley has been consistently courted by Premier League clubs throughout the summer and despite this has remained focused, demonstrated great maturity and hasn’t let it affect his performances in training. He has also received great support from his family throughout this process.

“He deserved his opportunity to play games when injuries in the squad arose and took that chance to prove he can handle the demands of Championship football at the age of just 17. We know that without opportunity, potential can never become talent and ensuring that potential is fulfilled can be our biggest advantage as a football club.

“Great credit is due to Jon (Dahl Tomasson) for backing up his words with actions, providing opportunity and then supporting our young players throughout. Congratulations Ashley!”

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