Joe Nolan: 'To play for the club I support has been a privilege'

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Midfielder Joe Nolan has left Rovers after two years at the club
Midfielder Joe Nolan has left Rovers after two years at the club

Joe Nolan has thanked Rovers for the opportunity to play for his boyhood club – and cast his eye to the future after his release at the end of his contract.

The midfielder arrived on trial in December 2020 and scored on his debut at Derby County before earning himself an 18-month deal.

That came after four goals in his first seven appearances for Rovers Under-23s having left Preston North End in the summer of 2020, along with Tyrhys Dolan.

Nolan would play 27 times in all for Rovers Under-23s, and featured for the first-team in pre-season, but spent the majority of the 2021/22 campaign with National League North side Curzon Ashton, playing 18 times in all.

While yet to make a senior appearance, Nolan has a positive outlook on his future, while also thanking Rovers for the chance to represent his boyhood club.

Writing on social media, he said: “Would like to say a big thank you to everyone at rovers for my time there.

“The staff, players and fans you all made me welcome from day one.

“Being able to play for the club I have supported my whole life has been a privilege and always will be.

“Onto the next one.”

Nolan was released from Rovers Under-23s group along with Joe Ferguson, Sam Durrant, Connor McBride and Luke Brennan.

Isaac Whitehall and Jalil Saadi are both considering new deals from the club.

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