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Excited by the challenge

New signing ready to challenge for his place and promotion

3 August 2017

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Jayson Leutwiler admits he is excited to take on a fresh challenge after completing his move to Ewood Park.

The 28-year-old keeper, who has signed a two-year deal with Rovers, joins from Shrewsbury Town, where he made 140 appearances and won promotion from League Two in his first season at the club.

Leutwiler admits he thoroughly enjoyed his time at New Meadow, making many friends during his three years in Shropshire, but he is looking forward to a new chapter in his career in Rovers colours.

"We had a great first season with the promotion and it was three beautiful years for myself,” said Leutwiler of his time at Shrewsbury.

"I really enjoyed it and I made a lot of friends. It's a lovely town to live and obviously there's a bit of sadness for friends and family to leave, but of course it's a new challenge for me here and I'm very happy.”

The Canadian international admits he has two main goals in mind – to break into the team and to help the club achieve an immediate return to the Championship.

"There are many challenges,” he added. “Obviously the challenge to play for the club and be part of this team. And to try to help the club get back to where it belongs is another one.

"Every one of us is going to try to do everything for that and everything is here to achieve that challenge.

“We need a good season, of course, but if everyone is at it, we will do it and get back to where we belong." 

And the key to success in this division …

"Winning games!” added Leutwiler, who helped Shrewsbury secure their League One status in each of the last two seasons.

“That's the key. It's a strange league, because everyone can win against everyone and it's tough, playing a lot of games.

“It's very similar to the Championship. It's all about winning. Sometimes the manner doesn't count, it's more about the points."

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