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Delighted to have Harry here

Tony Mowbray pleased to pull off Chapman coup

4 August 2017

Tony Mowbray is delighted to have secured the signature of rising star Harry Chapman on a season-long loan.

Chapman arrives at Rovers with rave reviews from Mowbray’s former club Middlesbrough and the manager hopes he can have the same impact he has had whilst on loan at Barnsley and Sheffield United in the last two years.

The 19-year-old helped Barnsley secure a Football League Trophy and play-off final double in 2015-16, before following that up with another successful season at Sheffield United, who won the League One title last term.

Mowbray hopes the versatile forward can make it three promotions on the spin at Rovers, but is forewarning the fans not to expect too much too soon.

“I'm delighted to be fair,” said the Rovers boss. “He's a player that I've looked at for a few years.

“He's had a few loans – I think he helped Barnsley get promoted and last year he helped Sheffield United get promoted and he'll be looking for a hat-trick this year with us.

“He’s from where I'm from, in the North East. I missed him as manager, I think he was probably still at school when I was managing Middlesbrough, but everybody still talked about him.

“He burst on the scene as an England international and scored some amazing individual goals, as he has for the Under-23s, but also being away on loan, he’s scored some great goals for both Barnsley and contributed to Sheffield United winning promotion last year as well.

“So I’m happy he's here. He has to bed in. He doesn't really know how we play or what we do yet. He'll hopefully sit on the bench and watch and learn over the next week or two and then he’ll start to contribute and it's down to him.

“Hopefully, he can force his way into the team on a regular basis and excite our fans by his ball travelling and his skills and his finishing.

“He's just a young guy, but he's a very positive footballer who can create goals and score goals.”


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