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An exciting addition - Coyle

26 June 2016

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Owen Coyle believes new signing Liam Feeney is a player who will excite the fans.

The 29-year winger has joined the club on a two-year deal after leaving Bolton and Coyle is delighted to have him on board. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said the new Rovers boss.

“He’s a player that I have admired for a number of years. He’s an outstanding winger. He’s very quick and very direct, and he will add a different facet to our play.

“He had an outstanding season last year in difficult circumstances for Bolton and went on loan to Ipswich, who were one of a number of clubs who were keen to secure his services, so I think we’ve done very well to beat off a lot of competition to get a very good player, who is at a good age.

“He’s motivated to do well for Blackburn Rovers and I’m excited about what Liam can bring to the club.”

Coyle insists that a player with raw pace was an ingredient he had identified and Feeney has it in abundance.

“When you look at our squad, I think we’ve got some very good talented players, but I think the one thing that we will continue to look to add is that real blistering pace, which Liam has,” added the manager.

“He’s explosive, he’s quick, he creates chances and he causes a lot of problems for full-backs. 

“We’re delighted to add to the existing players we have in the wide areas – the likes of Ben Marshall, Craig Conway, Elliott Bennett and young Connor Mahoney – and Liam will certainly add to that competition and will add to our attacking threat.”

Feeney is no stranger to the club, having enjoyed a short spell on loan at Ewood Park during the closing stages of the 2013-14 season, but Coyle believes Rovers are getting a much improved player to the one they had back then.

“I think he had five or six games on loan and I have to say that Liam Feeney is a far better player now, in terms of his maturity and understanding of the game, and that’s a huge thing for us,” added Coyle.

“So I think the fans will be excited by a player that’s quick and pleasing on the eye, because he will make things happen and get people off their seats. 

“The best sight in the game is the ball hitting the back of the net, but for me the second best thing is when a winger takes a full-back on, gets to the byline with pace and looks to get crosses in, and that’s what Liam can bring.”

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