By Wayne Veysey

4th Jul, 2020 | 10:40am

Exclusive: Forest Green set to sign left-sided ace after he quits Blackburn Rovers

Forest Green Rovers have agreed terms to sign left-back Jack Evans on a free transfer after his departure from Blackburn Rovers, Football Insider understands.

The Championship side confirmed last month that the 19-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at Ewood Park, would leave the club upon the expiry of his contract.

A source at Forest Green Rovers has told Football Insider that the League Two outfit have agreed a two-year contract with the teenage defender and that an announcement is expected this weekend.

A versatile left-sided player, Evans has left Blackburn without ever featuring for the senior side, with just under-18 and under-23 experience under his belt.

He is set to join a Forest Green side who have already made strides in their recruitment efforts for next season, with two new signings through the door.

Midfielder Dan Sweeney, who can also play as a centre-back, joined the club on a free transfer from Barnet earlier this month, with the 26-year-old returning to League Two after two years in the National League.

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Rovers also confirmed the capture of left-sided winger Nicky Cadden from Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton on Friday, the 23-year-old having scored 10 goals and contributed 13 assists during the 2019/20 campaign.

Evans looks set to battle January signing Chris Stokes and former Southampton man Joseph Mills for a place on the left-hand side of the defence next season.

Stokes finished the season as Mark Cooper’s first-choice left-back when he played four at the back, although the manager also utilised a three-man defence at times.

In other Blackburn Rovers news, Noel Whelan claims there is to be a big change for the club’s clash against Leeds United.

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