Youngsters hold the key to Rovers’ success

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Steve Kean says he will be bringing players from the youth academy into the first team picture next season, as the Blackburn manager looks to re-create the success story of Manchester United-bound Phil Jones.

"I think that is certainly a thread that we are going to try and run through the whole club," Kean said. "I had a good meeting with Phil Cannon, our Academy manager.

"We've got promotion from the youth ranks coming through and up into the reserves and that is something we'd like to continue.

"If any of the Academy lads are good enough, it doesn't matter what their age is, they'll be pulled up to the Senior Training Centre and they'll train up here with us. That is something that I will always push for - to get the young guys coming through and being a massive part of the club."

The Blackburn boss singled out on loan youngsters Jason Lowe for particular praise, saying the players would be returning to the club next season.

"People have seen the likes of Jason Lowe,” Kean said. "He's been out on loan at Oldham, but people saw him make his debut against Queens Park Rangers in the cup, then he made his Premier League debut away at Chelsea. Now he's had his little loan spell, he'll come back into the squad.

"Nick Blackman is another one of those who has been away. He's had experience of the first team away first at Motherwell then at Aberdeen. So they are two that will come into the first team squad and I'm sure there'll be others as well."

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