India's Aniket Jadhav will undergo a training spell at English club Blackburn Rovers FC. The striker is part of ISL club Jamshedpur FC and will be the first Indian to train at the BFC Academy at Brockhall, Lancashire.
Born in Kohlapur, Aniket Jadhav was part of the India squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.
Blackburn is owned by Venkys London Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pune-based poultry firm Venkateshwara Hatcheries Group (VH Group). Balaji Rao, the club owner said: “We, as supporters of sport, especially football, want to help young Indian talent. Our academy is one of the finest Category 1 Academy in the UK. This training stint will help Aniket to develop technically as a player.”
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Jadhav said: “I would like to thank Blackburn Rovers FC for believing in me and my ability and inviting me to train at their world class Academy.”
Mukul Choudari, CEO, Jamshedpur FC, said: “We are very happy for Aniket. Very rarely do Indian football players get such an opportunity and if they get it at this age, it is just fantastic, as this will only help him grow and enhance his skills further.”
He added: “It is going to be a win-win for everybody. As Jamshedpur FC, we congratulate Aniket for his talent and the opportunity that he's got, which we are sure he will make the best of and come back as a much better player and make us proud.”
Jadhav was part of the Indian Arrows club in the I-League.