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Bowyer’s deadline day delight

3 September 2014

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer insists his deadline day trio have not been brought in just to make up the numbers.

Shane Duffy, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Jason Steele all made the move to Ewood Park on the final day of the transfer window and Bowyer is keen for his new boys to challenge for first-team spots.  

Central defender Duffy arrived on a three-year deal from Everton, whilst midfielder Tunnicliffe and goalkeeper Steele joined on season-long loans from Fulham and Middlesbrough respectively.
 
“We were delighted to get the three deals over the line and we thank the clubs that have helped us to do that,” said the Rovers manager.
 
“We believe they improve the quality of the squad and they certainly give us more options. It showed at the weekend when we had a couple out injured and it really stretched us. 
 
“We haven’t brought players to just make up the numbers. I’ve said all along that I want new players to come in and play and challenge the current team. If everyone is fit by the Wigan match then it gives us a real headache. 
 
“When you look at the squad now it looks like we are really building something for the future. 
 
“This industry seems to be all about the short-term nowadays, but for the benefit of Blackburn Rovers we’ve built a squad here that could be around for a long time and I’m delighted with that. I think it shows a sensible approach to using funds.
 
“We do a lot of research into the type of players we are bringing in and their characters so that they can bed in well with the squad. The environment we have created allows new players to settle in easily.”

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