Rovers boss Owen Coyle believes new signing Wes Brown will have a major role to play for the club, both on and off the pitch.
The former Manchester United defender, who has been training with the club since the start of pre-season, has agreed a deal until the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
The 36-year-old made over 350 appearances for his boyhood club, winning five Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues, and Coyle believes Brown’s experience and expertise will make him a valuable addition to the squad.
“I’m delighted,” said the Rovers manager.
“We know his qualities as a player and the level he’s played at. His pedigree is there for everyone to see. He’s very humble as well, but he knows how to win games. He’s a real leader and he’ll drive other people on, so I think it’s a great signing for the football club.
“He’s trained really hard to get himself in good shape and long may that continue. When he’s fully fit, he’s a very, very good player and that helps Blackburn Rovers, which is what we’re all here to do.
“He’s been so easy to deal with. He just wanted to play and that was always his focus – being fit to play – and all credit to him.
“This is a player who was coming in for training, not signed, but was there at all the games wishing the boys well and encouraging them, and that speaks volumes for how he is as a man.”
After picking up a calf injury early on in pre-season, Brown has been building up his fitness whilst getting game time for Rovers’ Under-23s and his relationship with the development squad is set to continue.
“He’s been training the last four or five weeks, he’s played a number of times with the Under-23s in the PL2 and he’s been great helping the young players,” added Coyle.
“I now think he’s got himself in a position where he’s ready to play games at first team level.
“Added to that, he will be able to do some coaching, helping some of the young kids. We’ve already got two outstanding young coaches in Damien Johnson and David Dunn, who take the Under-23 squad, and Wes will be able to impart some knowledge to the young players and help them as we go as well.
“He’s done his coaching badges and it helps him to do that whilst he’s still playing, but the main focus is he’s here to play, because I think he can certainly contribute to the team and help us.”