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An ‘unbelievable’ signing - Coyle

24 June 2016

Owen Coyle has hailed the signing of Danny Graham as an ‘unbelievable’ bit of business by the club.

The former Sunderland striker has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal following a hugely successful loan spell at Ewood Park last season. 

“I think it's an unbelievable signing for everyone at the football club,” said the new Rovers boss. 

“I've admired him for years and he's been a thorn in my side when he's played against a lot of my teams.

“When I felt like I had the opportunity to bring him to Blackburn Rovers permanently, then we did everything we could in our power to get him here.

“He's a wonderful player, he's hungry to score goals, he's hungry to do well for himself and his team-mates, and he's a great lad as well.

“He'll be a huge influence in the dressing room and for the fans as well, I'm very understanding that the fans want us to bring good players to the club and I think when you bring strikers of the standard and quality of Danny Graham and Anthony Stokes then it shows we are going to try to be a positive team that can score goals and try to win games.”

Having become a firm fans favourite at Ewood Park due to his work rate and goals return, the manager made Graham one of his top transfer targets after taking over the Rovers reins.

“I am totally understanding of that and of course the fans recognised it,” added Coyle. “Not only was he a good player that scored goals, but he was working hard for his team and he liked being at Blackburn Rovers.

“I told you from day one we organised a meeting and we had a really healthy, positive meeting, everything just based on the game we love, football. I let Danny know what we were trying to be about and equally give him the opportunity if he had anything he wanted to ask of us and I came out of that meeting and I said I felt really good about it.

“What we had to do was to find a way that everyone was going to be happy – the football club and Danny himself. I've got to say, for me, it went really smoothly and we’re just delighted to get a player of that quality and that standard to the football club and I'm convinced he will go from strength to strength, convinced he will score goals and do very well for Blackburn Rovers.”

From those initial discussions, the manager insists he got an immediate sense from Graham about how much he enjoyed his time here last term.

“It was very evident from the initial meeting that he enjoyed putting the shirt on, he enjoyed playing here at Ewood, he enjoyed playing in front of the Blackburn Rovers supporters and trying to put the ball in the back of the net, to get them out of their seats and smiling and enjoying their football,” Coyle added.

“I think he, for me, this is a player that has had a fantastic career and played at very high level, but there would have been a source of frustration because he's not played as many games in the last couple of years that he would have wanted and I would suggest that even his ability might have merited, but that aside, all he is and all we are doing is looking forward.

“We’re giving him that platform here at a magnificent club, steeped in history and tradition, that Blackburn Rovers is, but an opportunity beyond that fuel, to go and score goals and put that smile on his face, put that smile on the face of the Blackburn Rovers supporters.

“We all want the same thing and that's to have a good team. To have a good team, we need players that can score goals and win games, and in Danny Graham and Anthony Stokes you have those type of players now at the football club."

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