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Darragh welcomes Irish duo

18 July 2016

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Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Darragh Lenihan has welcomed the arrival of a couple of fellow countrymen.

The midfielder has been joined at Rovers by Irish duo Jack Byrne and Anthony Stokes, and Lenihan believes the summer signings will be valuable additions to the squad.

Byrne, who is loan at Rovers from Manchester City, has represented the Republic of Ireland at all youth levels up to Under-21 and was called up to the senior squad by manager Martin O'Neill prior to this summer's Euros.

Former Celtic forward Stokes, who put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at Ewood Park, has nine caps for his country, the last one coming in 2014.

“I knew Jack from my Irish team at Under-21 level and since going to (Manchester) City he’s been talked about as the next big thing coming through in Ireland,” he said.

“And Stokesy has been around. He’s played for Celtic and he’s got a great goalscoring record, so hopefully the two lads can help us do the best we possibly can this season.”

Lenihan has also hailed the permanent signing of fans favourite Danny Graham, who scored seven goals in 18 appearances whilst on loan from Sunderland last season, and who has already got two winning goals to his name in pre-season.

“It was a big boost,” he added. “The gaffer wanted him to come back and every fan probably wanted him to come back. He did very well last season and it’s just a joy to have him around.

“He’s a top player, he’s experienced as well, he’s played in the Premier League for a number of years and he’s someone that we’ll look to learn from.”

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