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Graham understands the game

24 June 2016

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Manager Owen Coyle believes new signing Danny Graham is a player entering his prime and motivated to do well.

A proven goalscorer in his own playing days, Coyle is convinced that the 30-year-old’s experience and knowledge of the game will be a major asset to Rovers this season.

“I look back to when I was that age and I think it's a very good age because I think there’s an understanding of the game now,” said the Rovers boss.

“With Danny's goalscoring prowess and different things, he has a football intelligence. He’s a very, very clever player, he’s played in good passing and footballing teams, so he understands the game.

“I think he's coming into his prime, but he’s also, having had that chat with him, really motivated. He’s really motivated to do well for himself, for his family and for the football club. 

“And when you’ve got players like that, then you can achieve very good things.”

With Graham and former Celtic striker Anthony Stokes now both in the building, Coyle insists that he is happy with the attacking options he has at his disposal, but would like to strengthen that department further. 

“You never ever stop trying to improve your squad at the club,” he added. “That goes without saying.

“A number of things play a part in that – player availability, finances, a whole number of things go into getting players to your club and certainly of the quality of the Danny Grahams of this world.

“We'll keep our options open, we’ll keep listening to who’s available, some things might come about, dialogue will continue at various places and of course we will always like to keep adding.

“I think in the coming days you will find another couple players coming into the club. Not necessarily striking, but I think attacking players. Players that are pleasing on the eye and can open up defences, so again we’re continuing on that.”

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