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Stokes delighted to sign

17 June 2016

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New Rovers signing Anthony Stokes says he got a ‘positive feeling’ about joining the club after holding talks with manager Owen Coyle.

The prolific striker has put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at Ewood Park after leaving Celtic, where he scored 77 goals in 192 appearances.


And the former Hibs hot-shot, who scored twice in the Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers last month, can’t wait to get going.


“I’m delighted,” said the 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international.


“I had a good chat with the gaffer during the week and was very impressed with him. He had only positive things to say about me and I’m just looking forward to bedding in, getting a good pre-season under my belt and just looking forward to the start of the season.


“For myself, having a manager that believes in me gives me a lot of confidence and as a striker you need that, but it’s going to be down to how I perform. So I’ll need to put in the hard work, try to get a good pre-season under my belt and really kick on this season.


“But I have to say, I’m really looking forward to it.”


After being released by the Scottish champions, Stokes had no shortage of offers available to him, both in the UK and abroad, but he insists his mind was made up following talks with the new Rovers boss.


“I think it was down to the gaffer really,” he added.


“I met him the other day – I’ve come across him once or twice before but without ever really having a good opportunity to speak to him – and everything he said really sat very well with me and it was very positive.


“I get a feeling for moves a lot of the time and there were different options available, but this time round this seemed like the right move for me.


“The facilities here, the stadium, it’s a top class setup and that was one of the reasons as well, because you want to go into an environment where you can get the best out of yourself and I genuinely believe that I can do that here.”

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