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Bowyer adds to his squad

Posted: Tue 28 May 2013
Author: rovers.co.uk

Rovers have completed a triple transfer swoop - with Alan Judge, Chris Taylor and Simon Eastwood all arriving at Ewood Park.

New Rovers boss Gary Bowyer, who was unveiled to the media today, has wasted little time in adding to his squad ahead of the 2013-14 season.

Judge, 24, returns to the club where he started his career at the age of 16. The Irishman came through the Rovers Academy to the fringes of the first team, but made only two senior appearances before joining Notts County permanently in January 2011 after loan spells there and with Plymouth Argyle.

An instant hit at Meadow Lane, Judge won the Player of the Year award for County in 2011-12 and followed that up by being named in the PFA League One Team of the Year for 2012-13.

The attacker joins on a three-year deal until the summer of 2016.

Goalkeeper Eastwood arrives from Portsmouth, putting pen-to-paper on a deal until the summer of 2015.

The 23-year-old started out with Huddersfield Town before enjoying loan spells with Woking and Bradford City.

A strong 2011-12 season with Halifax Town saw him make 41 appearances and earn a move to Portsmouth at the end of the campaign.

Working under Rovers' goalkeeping coach John Keeley at Pompey, Eastwood would go on to make 27 appearances for the League One club last season.

Rovers' third signing sees Taylor return to his native north west after a year with Millwall. He has also signed a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old started his professional career at his hometown club Oldham Athletic, enjoying a seven-year spell with the Latics, making over 250 appearances and scoring on 33 occasions.

After his contract at Oldham ended, the highly-rated winger moved to Millwall last season, signing a one-year deal. He would go on to play a huge part in the Lions' charge to the FA Cup semi-final.

Eastwood has completed formalities on his move, whilst Judge and Taylor will officially become Rovers players on July 1st.

Rovers Player will bring you exclusive interviews with all three signings over the next few days.