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Raring to go at Rovers

14 February 2016

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Rovers new boy Matt Grimes is hoping to get that matchday buzz back in his life, following his loan switch from Swansea.

The England Under-20 international, who has found first team opportunities limited with the Premier League side since making a big-money move from Exeter City just over 12 months ago, is hoping to get a regular run of games under his belt here at Rovers.

The midfielder has made just seven appearances for the Swans since joining from the League Two club in January 2015, but after dropping down a division, he hopes to help Rovers climb the Championship table.

"You don't just want to sit on the bench or in the stands," said the 20-year-old. "You don't want to train all week and then come Saturday, not play.

"I think you need the adrenaline hit of a matchday. I think it's massive for any youngster. You need to be training towards something, so that's hopefully what coming here will give me.

"The goal for myself is to play as many games as I can and for the club to climb up the league table. I think both go hand in hand and hopefully I can help them do that."

A 'forward-thinking' midfielder, Grimes was present for Rovers' game against Hull City yesterday, before meeting up with his new team-mates at Brockhall this morning.

He has declared himself fit and available for Tuesday's Ewood encounter with Fulham, but knows he will have to impress in training in order to secure a starting role.

"I'm 100% fit and if the gaffer decides to throw me in or have me on the bench, then I'm raring to go," he added.

"I'd be over the moon to make my home debut, but I have to show the manager what I can do in training and hopefully he'll reward me with that.

"I only spoke to him very briefly before the move, but I think he knows exactly what I'm about. I'm a forward-thinking midfield player, so hopefully he can work me into the team to aid the strikers in their goalscoring and maybe I can nick a few myself.

"I like to drop deep as well and pick the ball up off the back four, but ultimately just to get the team moving forward and to create things, and hopefully to nick a few goals as well."

Tickets for Rovers' match against Fulham this Tuesday are on open sale up unti the 7.45pm kick-off. Prices are from £18 for Adults, £12 for Seniors, £12 for 18-21 year-olds and from £7 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Book online today at and collect your tickets from the Roverstore collection point on the day of the game.

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