Blackburn Rovers sign Connor Mahoney from Accrington Stanley
Blackburn Rovers have signed 16-year-old winger Connor Mahoney from League Two neighbours Accrington Stanley.
Mahoney, who and has played six times for James Beattie's side, will link up with Blackburn's development squad.
A compensation package has been agreed between the two Lancashire clubs.
"At 16, he's played league football and withstood league football," Accrington manager and ex-Rovers striker Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"He's not physically matured yet but he's an astute young man who knows what he wants.
"When the interest first arose from Blackburn, I let him know straight away because I believe that was right.
"Blackburn have been spot on with their negotiations and we have done a lot of work to get the right outcome for this deal - not just the financial side of it, but to make sure Connor's protected a little bit.
"Blackburn's a massive club and I didn't want him just to get lost in the system. He's good enough not to because he's a fantastic young player."
Mahoney, who was born in Blackburn, added: "It is something I've dreamt of for a very long time.
"If it was any other club then I probably would have stayed at Accrington Stanley, because I have had a wonderful time there," he told his new club's website.
"I'm glad this deal has gone through. It is the only one I would have accepted and I just can't wait to get out there now."