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Delighted with the additions

21 January 2016

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Paul Lambert has spoken of his delight at this week's new arrivals to the squad.

The Rovers boss has been busy in the transfer market this month, and on Wednesday completed deals to bring in Danny Graham and Elliott Ward.

Lambert believes the pair's arrival will provide a welcome boost and that he's still on the hunt for further signings.

"It has certainly given everyone a lift, I think that was evident this morning in training," said Lambert.

"The two new lads coming in will certainly enhance that and if I can get one or two more in then I'll try.

"They are two good players, I'm looking forward to them being here."

Striker Graham arrives on loan from Sunderland on a deal until the end of the season, with Lambert fully aware of the qualities that the frontman possesses.

"I've always liked Danny Graham, he was always my achilles heel at Norwich, he always scored against me for some reason," he added.

"I think people forget that he was a massive goalscorer at Carlisle, Watford and Swansea. The only spell where he hasn't scored is at Sunderland, and that can happen.

"Certain clubs suit certain people, certain things happen with the right manager and the right players around you all those sort of things, and of course you need a bit of luck.

"But Danny Graham is a proven goalscorer and I don't think people should underestimate him.

"I've seen first hand this morning that he's a good player. I'm really looking forward to working with him, I think he can be a genuine threat."

In addition to strengthening his forward options, Lambert also bolstered his defence with the arrival of Elliott Ward. A player the manager has worked with previously at Norwich City.

"We needed a centre half because of the injury to Shane Duffy," added the Rovers boss.

"We spoke about it and thought if we go down the young route with a loan you've got to wait for them to hit the ground running.

"Wardy, I know can come in and do it, and Rob Kelly knew him from Forest as well.

"He was excellent for me at Norwich, I know his character, it is important to get good characters and good guys and he is certainly one of them.

"He's a really good footballer, with both feet he is very good so I've got no problems with him at all.

"He's been around the block, he's had promotions before, and he knows what it takes to get out of the league. So I'm delighted to he's on board."

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