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PROGRAMME | Ramsey jumped at the opportunity to join Rovers

28 February 2020

Jacob Ramsey said he jumped at the opportunity to join Rovers after taking advice from former Rovers assistant manager Richard O'Kelly.

O’Kelly is now part of Dean Smith’s coaching staff at Villa Park, and gave a glowing reference on what the youngster could expect from all aspects of the club.  

I had the choice between coming here and staying at Villa, this was the best option for me to develop as a player so I jumped at the opportunity,” he says. 

I had a few conversations with Richard O’Kelly before I came here and he said really good things about the stadium and people around the place.  

He said he was looking forward to coming up to watch me play which is great for me to have the support of the coaching staff at Villa."

As Ramsey continues his development, he has the perfect role model to learn from at his parent club in youth system graduate and Villa captain Jack Grealish.

"Everyone who comes up through the academy at Villa looks up to Jack," he added.

"We’ve got a couple of others that have got into the first-team and then gone out on loan but Jack is getting better and better.  

"With him being a Villa fan and coming through the system to then captain the team, everyone looks up to him now as their inspiration."

You can read more from the 18-year-old in our matchday programme on Saturday. Programmes can be purchased from the normal huts around the stadium and in the concourses. 

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