Garner, who is no relation to old Rovers striking stalwart Simon Garner, has been a prolific goalscorer at every level he has played at, scoring 15 goals in 22 youth team starts, plus four as a substitute, in the 2004-05 season in which Blackburn were crowned the FA Premier Academy League Champions. The next campaign saw his form level off a little with just five goals in 21 youth and reserve team starts, plus five as a substitute, but this season he has come storming back with eight goals in nine starts, plus one as a substitute, in Glyn Hodges's second-string outfit.
The 18-year old scored eight goals, including two from the penalty spot, in 12 caps for John Peacock's England under-17 side, and Joe has also earned four caps at under-19 level, although he has slipped out of the international reckoning since the end of 2005. The Rovers coaching staff still have high hopes for Garner though hence the award of a deal until the summer of 2008, and they will be hoping that first-team football with the Blues will be the making of him in a similar way to the current form of Matt Derbyshire and his extremely successful loan spell at Wrexham last season.
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