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Blackburn defend signing of Myles Anderson, the son of agent Jerome

Blackburn defend signing of Myles Anderson, the son of agent JeromeBlackburn Rovers have defended what is, on face value, the routine signing of a young player after it emerged Myles Anderson is the son of the agent Jerome Anderson.

Anderson has made just a single appearance, as a substitute, since joining Aberdeen as a free agent in January. The 20-year-old defender earlier had a similarly low-key spell at the League One club Leyton Orient.

Nonetheless, Blackburn will hand Anderson a two-year deal this summer. The player's father had an advisory role as the Venky's group took over the Premier League club last year, with Jerome Anderson still thought to be close to events at Ewood Park.

Steve Kean, the Blackburn Rovers manager, stressed that Anderson will be signed for football reasons alone and that his late development is linked to the completion of his education.

"We feel that Myles Anderson is a player with great potential as a late developer," said Kean. "He could become something of a Chris Smalling who came through late in football and Myles has done the same because of his schooling. We think he has a lot of potential, but there was the opportunity for him to go to Scotland in January and we and he felt that would be a good experience for him.

"There was interest in him from a couple of Spanish clubs but he is our player and will be at our club full-time in July."

Craig Brown, the Aberdeen manager, had Anderson on trial during his time in charge of Motherwell. At that point, the player was training with but not signed by Blackburn. Brown's assistant, Archie Knox, was previously on Blackburn's coaching staff.

Brown explained that he knew upon handing a short-term deal, on relatively low wages and as a back-up player, to Anderson at the turn of the year that the defender would move to Ewood Park in May.

"Steve Kean had said to me that, if he was handed the Blackburn job long-term, he would sign Myles Anderson," Brown said. The former Scotland manager added that he had been unaware who Anderson's father was until the last 24 hours.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Ewan Murray, for The Guardian on Wednesday 23rd March 2011 20.40 Europe/London

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