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Hope raring to go and ready to play

14 August 2015

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Latest signing Hope Akpan can't wait to make his Rovers debut this weekend against Huddersfield Town.

Signed on Monday on a free transfer from Reading, the midfielder wasn't eligible to feature in the Capital One Cup in midweek, but is fit and ready to go if called upon on Saturday.

"I'm raring to go and I'm hungry to prove that I'm a good player," said Akpan.

"I want to make an impact, get into the team and stay in there as long as possible.

"It feels good to be here, I'm really excited about the next few years at Blackburn, everyone has been really welcoming, so I'm just ready to play."

After a frustrating season injury-wise at Reading, Akpan is eager to make up for lost time and believes Ewood Park is the perfect place to be.

"I had a big injury slap-bang in the middle of last season and after that I struggled to get back into the team," added the Nigerian international.

"So this is a massive season for me, it is a chance for me to really ignite again and do what I am best at.

"It is the perfect environment to be in and to improve as a footballer. The facilities are top drawer. The staff have all been really helpful and there are a good group of lads.

"I know the size of the club and their stature. At Reading last year we had Yakubu and he always mentioned how he loved his time at Blackburn, so I knew it was a great option for me and something to get excited about."

Supporters who haven't yet purchased tickets for Saturday's match against Huddersfield Town will be able to do so on the day of the game.

Some 800 tickets have so far been sold for the first away trip of the season, with tickets going off sale at Ewood at 4pm this Friday.

Advanced ticket prices for the match are £27.50 for Adults, £17 for Seniors (60 & over), £10.00 for Juniors (17 & Under) and £5 for Under 8’s. After that supporters can pay cash only from the away turnstiles, albeit with a £3 increase on the day.

Fans are also reminded that it is an offence for any spectator to persistently stand in a seated area throughout the game, and to respect others to ensure a comfortable and safe environment to watch the match.

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