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Jayson's Rovers deal delight

New signing admits he is proud to join such a huge club

2 August 2017

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Jayson Leutwiler

New signing Jayson Leutwiler has expressed his pride and delight at becoming a Rovers player.

The Canadian international goalkeeper has signed an initial two-year deal with the club after joining from Shrewsbury Town, where he played almost 150 games over the past three years.

The 28-year-old admits the size and ambition of the club were major factors in his decision to move to Ewood Park and he can't wait to get going.

"I'm obviously very happy and delighted to sign and be part of this club," said Leutwiler, who helped Shrewsbury secure promotion to League One in 2015.

"It's a huge club, with a lot of targets in front of us - promotion definitely - and that's the main attraction.

"The infrastructure and everything here is great, and it's the right step for me at this moment of my career.

"I'm very proud to be here now and I'm just looking forward to it."

Leutwiler also admits the opportunity to work with manager Tony Mowbray again was too good to pass up, after the Rovers boss had previously signed the Swiss-born stopper for Middlesbrough five years ago.

"He's a great manager," added Leutwiler, who moved to the Riverside from FC Basel in July 2012.

"I worked with him for almost two years at Middlesbrough and it was a great experience there.

"I was a bit younger at the time, but I learned a lot about English football, it was the perfect club to come to and I had a great time.

"He brought me over from Switzerland to England and it's another occasion now to be with him here for a couple of years and I'm really happy."

Leutwiler will be competing with Spanish stopper David Raya for the Rovers number one spot and the new recruit admits he will relish the challenge to impress.

"I haven't met him (David Raya) yet, but I'm sure I will very soon," he added.

"I will try to do my best and show the gaffer what I can do and what I have improved during my time at Shrewsbury and then obviously it will be the gaffer's decision."

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