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Byrne hopes for ‘special’ season

30 June 2016

Rovers new signing Jack Byrne believes the club should set their sights high this season.

The highly-rated midfielder, who has joined on a season-long loan from Manchester City, has been impressed with the calibre of players manager Owen Coyle has brought to the club this summer, coupled with the ones already at his disposal.

Byrne insists that if Rovers can get off to a good start, there’s no reason why the club can’t be challenging at the top end of the table come next May.

Asked what the aim is this season, the 20-year-old Irishman said: “Promotion. I think that’s what we’re all looking for. 

“Owen will be looking for a solid start and then hopefully we can build on that – the same as myself.

“I haven’t played in the Championship yet. I’ve played in the top division in Holland. Last season we didn’t start well and that had an effect on us going into the other games, in terms of our confidence. 

“So hopefully we can start well – we do have a tough start, with some tough games – but with the players he’s brought in and the squad that he already had, I think we can really push on this season and hopefully do something special.

“There’s some big teams in the Championship this season, so I’m looking forward to testing myself against these big clubs. That’s why we play football. We play football to play against the best. 

“You want to play against the best in the division and hopefully shock a few people. With the signings the manager has made and the squad we already have, I don’t think we’ll be surprised if we do finish in and around it. That’s what I’m hoping for anyway.”  
    
Byrne spent last season on loan at Dutch top-flight side SC Cambuur, where he scored four goals in 27 appearances, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It was great,” he added. “I think I went over there a boy and came back a man, so I really enjoyed it.

“It was my first taste of men’s football and I want more of it now and hopefully there are some more good times ahead.”

The versatile midfielder, who is tipped to have a bright future in the games, hopes his loan spell with Rovers will take his game to the next level.

“I hope so,” he added. “Especially working under somebody like Owen Coyle. 

“With the players that he already has, it’s only going to improve me and I’m really looking forward to getting started. I think it will improve my game and hopefully I will improve Blackburn a little bit as well.”

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