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Blackburn beat Chelsea to Irish starlet

Gavin Gunning

By Liam Mackey
BLACKBURN ROVERS have beaten Chelsea in the race for one of Irish football's brightest young talents.

Republic of Ireland U15 international Gavin Gunning has indicated he's ready to snub the Premiership high-flyers and sign for Rovers after both clubs spent months pursuing the highly-rated teenager.

The 15-year-old is a powerful six foot-plus centre-half, who lists former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams amongst his heroes, and he emerged as a target for Chelsea, Rovers, Manchester United and Arsenal after turning in some impressive performances for Crumlin United in Dublin.

However, after being given a tour of Rovers' impressive training facilities at Brockhall, Gunning has decided on a move to Ewood Park.

Rovers' Academy director, Bobby Downes, has hailed Gunning's potential capture as a significant piece of business. "He hasn't signed for us as yet but he has indicated he will do, which would be a great coup for us.

"He's only 15 but he's a very promising player and we've put a lot of effort into trying to get him here.

"Mark Hughes and his staff have indicated there will be chances for some young players in the first team, and some have already started training with the first team squad, which is something that never happened under Graeme Souness.

"That's something that we have been able to sell to Gavin, that he's more likely to get his chance here than he would at some of the other clubs."

Gunning will sign a one-year scholarship form with Rovers, which will take him through to his 16th birthday at the end of January 2007, when he will then transfer to a two-and-a-half year professional contract, tying him up to the end of the 2008/9 season.

John Stokes, the Irish representative for the Stellar Group, who advise Gunning, said Gavin and his family were thrilled with the move to the Premiership had been secured.

"We are all delighted for Gavin, it is great news for the lad. He has worked very hard to get to this stage and was being watched regularly by several clubs in England," said Stokes.

"But he knew he just had to focus on his football and everything would fall into place.

"He and his family are really looking forward to seeing him progress at Blackburn and I wish him every success at his new club.

"Hopefully he can go on to fulfil his huge promise and enjoy a successful career in top level football."

Crumlin United Chairman Sean Wall said: "It is great news, especially for someone who is so young. He very quiet lad but certainly gets in there when he is on the pitch.

"Amazingly, one of his team-mates, Conor Clifford, may be signing for Chelsea before the end of the week. Even though he is only 14 he has already played with the Ireland U16 team."

 

Blackburn beat Chelsea to Irish starlet

Gavin Gunning

By Liam Mackey
BLACKBURN ROVERS have beaten Chelsea in the race for one of Irish football's brightest young talents.

Republic of Ireland U15 international Gavin Gunning has indicated he's ready to snub the Premiership high-flyers and sign for Rovers after both clubs spent months pursuing the highly-rated teenager.

The 15-year-old is a powerful six foot-plus centre-half, who lists former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams amongst his heroes, and he emerged as a target for Chelsea, Rovers, Manchester United and Arsenal after turning in some impressive performances for Crumlin United in Dublin.

However, after being given a tour of Rovers' impressive training facilities at Brockhall, Gunning has decided on a move to Ewood Park.

Rovers' Academy director, Bobby Downes, has hailed Gunning's potential capture as a significant piece of business. "He hasn't signed for us as yet but he has indicated he will do, which would be a great coup for us.

"He's only 15 but he's a very promising player and we've put a lot of effort into trying to get him here.

"Mark Hughes and his staff have indicated there will be chances for some young players in the first team, and some have already started training with the first team squad, which is something that never happened under Graeme Souness.

"That's something that we have been able to sell to Gavin, that he's more likely to get his chance here than he would at some of the other clubs."

Gunning will sign a one-year scholarship form with Rovers, which will take him through to his 16th birthday at the end of January 2007, when he will then transfer to a two-and-a-half year professional contract, tying him up to the end of the 2008/9 season.

John Stokes, the Irish representative for the Stellar Group, who advise Gunning, said Gavin and his family were thrilled with the move to the Premiership had been secured.

"We are all delighted for Gavin, it is great news for the lad. He has worked very hard to get to this stage and was being watched regularly by several clubs in England," said Stokes.

"But he knew he just had to focus on his football and everything would fall into place.

"He and his family are really looking forward to seeing him progress at Blackburn and I wish him every success at his new club.

"Hopefully he can go on to fulfil his huge promise and enjoy a successful career in top level football."

Crumlin United Chairman Sean Wall said: "It is great news, especially for someone who is so young. He very quiet lad but certainly gets in there when he is on the pitch.

"Amazingly, one of his team-mates, Conor Clifford, may be signing for Chelsea before the end of the week. Even though he is only 14 he has already played with the Ireland U16 team."

 

Blackburn beat Chelsea to Irish starlet

Gavin Gunning

By Liam Mackey
BLACKBURN ROVERS have beaten Chelsea in the race for one of Irish football's brightest young talents.

Republic of Ireland U15 international Gavin Gunning has indicated he's ready to snub the Premiership high-flyers and sign for Rovers after both clubs spent months pursuing the highly-rated teenager.

The 15-year-old is a powerful six foot-plus centre-half, who lists former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams amongst his heroes, and he emerged as a target for Chelsea, Rovers, Manchester United and Arsenal after turning in some impressive performances for Crumlin United in Dublin.

However, after being given a tour of Rovers' impressive training facilities at Brockhall, Gunning has decided on a move to Ewood Park.

Rovers' Academy director, Bobby Downes, has hailed Gunning's potential capture as a significant piece of business. "He hasn't signed for us as yet but he has indicated he will do, which would be a great coup for us.

"He's only 15 but he's a very promising player and we've put a lot of effort into trying to get him here.

"Mark Hughes and his staff have indicated there will be chances for some young players in the first team, and some have already started training with the first team squad, which is something that never happened under Graeme Souness.

"That's something that we have been able to sell to Gavin, that he's more likely to get his chance here than he would at some of the other clubs."

Gunning will sign a one-year scholarship form with Rovers, which will take him through to his 16th birthday at the end of January 2007, when he will then transfer to a two-and-a-half year professional contract, tying him up to the end of the 2008/9 season.

John Stokes, the Irish representative for the Stellar Group, who advise Gunning, said Gavin and his family were thrilled with the move to the Premiership had been secured.

"We are all delighted for Gavin, it is great news for the lad. He has worked very hard to get to this stage and was being watched regularly by several clubs in England," said Stokes.

"But he knew he just had to focus on his football and everything would fall into place.

"He and his family are really looking forward to seeing him progress at Blackburn and I wish him every success at his new club.

"Hopefully he can go on to fulfil his huge promise and enjoy a successful career in top level football."

Crumlin United Chairman Sean Wall said: "It is great news, especially for someone who is so young. He very quiet lad but certainly gets in there when he is on the pitch.

"Amazingly, one of his team-mates, Conor Clifford, may be signing for Chelsea before the end of the week. Even though he is only 14 he has already played with the Ireland U16 team."

 

Blackburn beat Chelsea to Irish starlet

Gavin Gunning

By Liam Mackey
BLACKBURN ROVERS have beaten Chelsea in the race for one of Irish football's brightest young talents.

Republic of Ireland U15 international Gavin Gunning has indicated he's ready to snub the Premiership high-flyers and sign for Rovers after both clubs spent months pursuing the highly-rated teenager.

The 15-year-old is a powerful six foot-plus centre-half, who lists former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams amongst his heroes, and he emerged as a target for Chelsea, Rovers, Manchester United and Arsenal after turning in some impressive performances for Crumlin United in Dublin.

However, after being given a tour of Rovers' impressive training facilities at Brockhall, Gunning has decided on a move to Ewood Park.

Rovers' Academy director, Bobby Downes, has hailed Gunning's potential capture as a significant piece of business. "He hasn't signed for us as yet but he has indicated he will do, which would be a great coup for us.

"He's only 15 but he's a very promising player and we've put a lot of effort into trying to get him here.

"Mark Hughes and his staff have indicated there will be chances for some young players in the first team, and some have already started training with the first team squad, which is something that never happened under Graeme Souness.

"That's something that we have been able to sell to Gavin, that he's more likely to get his chance here than he would at some of the other clubs."

Gunning will sign a one-year scholarship form with Rovers, which will take him through to his 16th birthday at the end of January 2007, when he will then transfer to a two-and-a-half year professional contract, tying him up to the end of the 2008/9 season.

John Stokes, the Irish representative for the Stellar Group, who advise Gunning, said Gavin and his family were thrilled with the move to the Premiership had been secured.

"We are all delighted for Gavin, it is great news for the lad. He has worked very hard to get to this stage and was being watched regularly by several clubs in England," said Stokes.

"But he knew he just had to focus on his football and everything would fall into place.

"He and his family are really looking forward to seeing him progress at Blackburn and I wish him every success at his new club.

"Hopefully he can go on to fulfil his huge promise and enjoy a successful career in top level football."

Crumlin United Chairman Sean Wall said: "It is great news, especially for someone who is so young. He very quiet lad but certainly gets in there when he is on the pitch.

"Amazingly, one of his team-mates, Conor Clifford, may be signing for Chelsea before the end of the week. Even though he is only 14 he has already played with the Ireland U16 team."

 

Blackburn beat Chelsea to Irish starlet

Gavin Gunning

By Liam Mackey
BLACKBURN ROVERS have beaten Chelsea in the race for one of Irish football's brightest young talents.

Republic of Ireland U15 international Gavin Gunning has indicated he's ready to snub the Premiership high-flyers and sign for Rovers after both clubs spent months pursuing the highly-rated teenager.

The 15-year-old is a powerful six foot-plus centre-half, who lists former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams amongst his heroes, and he emerged as a target for Chelsea, Rovers, Manchester United and Arsenal after turning in some impressive performances for Crumlin United in Dublin.

However, after being given a tour of Rovers' impressive training facilities at Brockhall, Gunning has decided on a move to Ewood Park.

Rovers' Academy director, Bobby Downes, has hailed Gunning's potential capture as a significant piece of business. "He hasn't signed for us as yet but he has indicated he will do, which would be a great coup for us.

"He's only 15 but he's a very promising player and we've put a lot of effort into trying to get him here.

"Mark Hughes and his staff have indicated there will be chances for some young players in the first team, and some have already started training with the first team squad, which is something that never happened under Graeme Souness.

"That's something that we have been able to sell to Gavin, that he's more likely to get his chance here than he would at some of the other clubs."

Gunning will sign a one-year scholarship form with Rovers, which will take him through to his 16th birthday at the end of January 2007, when he will then transfer to a two-and-a-half year professional contract, tying him up to the end of the 2008/9 season.

John Stokes, the Irish representative for the Stellar Group, who advise Gunning, said Gavin and his family were thrilled with the move to the Premiership had been secured.

"We are all delighted for Gavin, it is great news for the lad. He has worked very hard to get to this stage and was being watched regularly by several clubs in England," said Stokes.

"But he knew he just had to focus on his football and everything would fall into place.

"He and his family are really looking forward to seeing him progress at Blackburn and I wish him every success at his new club.

"Hopefully he can go on to fulfil his huge promise and enjoy a successful career in top level football."

Crumlin United Chairman Sean Wall said: "It is great news, especially for someone who is so young. He very quiet lad but certainly gets in there when he is on the pitch.

"Amazingly, one of his team-mates, Conor Clifford, may be signing for Chelsea before the end of the week. Even though he is only 14 he has already played with the Ireland U16 team."