Bristol Rovers are delighted to announce the signings, on a season long loan, of Chelsea duo Jake Clarke-Salter and Charlie Colkett.
Manager Darrell Clarke said of his new acquisitions; “I am delighted to be able to welcome Jake and Charlie to the club and wish them every success whilst they are with us.
“The club’s owner and directors deserve a great deal of credit for allowing us to bring in three players from Premier League clubs on the same day and I would like to thank them again for making this possible. In this instance, I would also like to thank Chelsea for allowing their players to join us.
“With the transfer window about to close we knew that we needed to add to our squad, but we have been patient and waited for the right players to become available.
“I’m sure that our supporters will welcome Jake and Charlie to our squad and hope they, like all of us, are excited about the future of this club.”
Chairman Steve Hamer, who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get these deals over the line said; “These are indeed exciting times for Bristol Rovers and signing two more players from a Premier League club does, I believe, show that we are serious in moving the club forward.”
Chelsea defender Clarke-Salter joined The Blues in 2006 and first played for their U-18 side in December2013 when only 16 years old.
An England U-18 and U-19 international, he went on to skipper Chelsea’s U-18 side and was a member of the side that won the FA Youth Cup and the UEFA Youth League. He has made one appearance for Chelsea’s first team, against Aston Villa on 2nd April this year.
Midfielder Colkett, a team mate of Salter’s joined the Stamford Bridge outfit as an 11 year old and made his U-18 debut when just 15 years old.
He has been capped by England at every level up to U-20 and was regular in Chelsea’s side in 2014/15. He was also a member of the FA Youth Cup winning sides and a recent skipper of the UEFA Youth League side, and was an unused substitute for Chelsea’s game against Swansea in April this year, the month he signed a new three year deal with the club.