Tyrhys Dolan At It Again As Blackburn Demolish Derby

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Dolan made his full professional debut at Ewood Park against Wycombe. Credit: Chris Heaton

Blackburn wonder-kid Tyrhys Dolan was again amongst the action as Rovers demolished Derby County 0-4 at Pride Park on Saturday, he has now been directly involved in four goals in five games this season and opened the scoring against the Rams.

Things keep getting better and better for the 18 year-old, who seems to improve more and more every game he plays.

After being released by Preston North End in the summer, winger Dolan’s career had come to a sudden halt.

That was until fellow Lancashire club Blackburn Rovers took a chance on the highly rated youngster.

His performances for PNE’s youth team last season alerted scouts from numerous clubs to keep tabs on him and many were bemused to find out that Preston had released him.

Tony Mowbray signed Dolan after being advised by his recruitment team and he has never looked back.

Dolan was only originally meant to be part of the U23 set up at Brockhall but after impressing the boss in pre-season, he has rapidly progressed to become a regular in Mowbray’s first team squad.

He has so far featured in every competitive game for Rovers this season, getting one assist and scoring his first professional goal at home to Wycombe Wanderers in a 5-0 demolition.


After injuries to first team players such as Bradley Dack and Sam Gallagher left holes in key areas of the pitch, this gave Dolan the perfect opportunity to show what he is capable of.

If the injuries to senior stars hadn’t of occurred then we may not have had a glimpse of the tricky playmaker this season, so in that sense it is a bitter sweet scenario.

The day he signed for the club Dolan described it as his “dream move”.

Speaking about how Rovers captured the ‘wonder kid’, Tony Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “It was a no-brainer really, for us, and then he came on our training ground and numbers were really low in pre-season, we needed a certain number of players on the training ground and this kid was lighting it up.”

Dolan made an immediate impression in training after the gaffer said a few of the senior players were saying “who the hell is that?”.

“He comes over with a big smile, he bounces over and he’s lighting, dribbles left foot, right foot, works his socks off to get back and play is position,” Mowbray added.

“The challenge for Tyrhys is to sustain it and keep at his level forever and improve hopefully, never drop off the intensity, never drop off the work rate, and we’re delighted he’s part of our structure.”

Rovers look to have a gem of a player on their hands, the way they nurture and develop him will be key but he has a very bright future ahead of him.