The Lancashire Telegraph has reported that Blackburn Rovers are currently looking at their options as they look to bring in a new goalkeeper, with Joshua Rae – who was recently released by Leeds United – on their radar.

Blackburn Rovers are looking to bring in some new goalkeepers at Under-23 level to bring into their second string side and potentially compete for a place in Tony Mowbray’s first-team squad.

After releasing a number of young ‘keepers, Rovers currently have only Andrew Fisher as a goalkeeper for the club’s Under-23s, with the next in the pecking order being Under-18s shot shot-stopper Jordan Eastham. Fisher is highly-rated at Ewood Park, but Rovers are keen to bring in some competition to try and help the 21-year-old reach his full potential.

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And, 18-year-old Joshua Rae is reportedly an option the club are considering. He has been training with the club recently and he will be hoping that Blackburn bring him in on a long-term basis after his release from Leeds, which was confirmed last month.

Rae joined Leeds in 2017 after spending time in the youth academies of Scottish sides Hamilton Academical and Celtic. He spent time with the club’s Under-23s and development sides, featuring in the Premier League Cup, but didn’t make an impact on the club’s first-team.

Now, he goes in search of a new challenge after departing the Elland Road club, with Championship side Blackburn an option. While Rovers have David Raya and Jayson Leutwiler as the lead goalkeepers in the senior team, should Rae impress in the club’s Under-23s, he could be seen in the club’s first-team.

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Last season, the club used players such as John Buckley and Tyler Magloire from the Under-23s, with Mowbray willing to blood young players into the first-team when needed.


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