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Craig shows he's a cut above!

29 June 2015

Craig Conway showed no lack of sharpness as he returned to his roots for a special charity event.

The Rovers midfielder, who is a professionally-trained barber, leant a helping hand at The Men's Lounge in Chorley to raise money for The Free Project, which helps homeless people in Blackburn.

Craig's salon skills were put up for auction and the six highest bidders were treated to a trim by the Scottish star.

There was a further surprise in store, as Rovers skipper Grant Hanley and Welsh full-back Adam Henley also dropped by to lend their support, along with a camera crew from Sky Sports.

Craig, who comes from a family of barbers, used to work in his dad's shop in his teens and currently has a handful of 'clients' amongst the Rovers squad, whose hair he cuts on a Friday after training at Brockhall.

After being approached by The Men's Lounge, the 30-year-old was only too happy to offer his support to such a worthy cause.

"They found out I'd been cutting some hair at the club," he said. "It was a bit of a joke at first and then obviously they found out that I can actually cut hair and they just asked me if I wanted to come down and do a charity day.

"It's been a bit strange and it's brought a lot of memories back. I used to play part-time when I was about 17 or 18 and my dad used to get me in in the morning until 12 o'clock, doing a few haircuts before I went off to the game.

"It's my family's trade - they've done it all their life. My sister's a hairdresser, my mum's a hairdresser, my dad's had shops for years, so I don't mind at all and it's for a great cause. We've had a great turnout and it's been a real success.

"I do it on a Friday with about four or five of the lads and it's a good laugh. They pay a tenner and I give it to charity at the end of the year. At the end of the day, it goes to a good cause and it keeps my hand in as well, just in case I ever get called back in to my dad's shop!"

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