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Looking forward to the challenge - Marcus

Swedish star is eager to continue his career in England

11 August 2017

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Marcus Antonsson is looking forward to continuing his footballing journey here at Ewood Park.

The Swedish striker, who moved to Leeds from Kalmar FF last summer, has joined Rovers on a season-long loan.

The 26-year-old admits it was always his dream to play in England and he is delighted to join a club which he grew up watching as a young boy.

“I’m very pleased and I'm really looking forward to this new challenge,” he said.

“Obviously it's a very big club. At first, when I heard Blackburn Rovers, you know it's a big club. A famous club.

“It’s in League One now, but it's a big challenge to go straight back up and that's what we’re aiming for.

“It's weird, (in Sweden) you grow up with English football, you're watching the Premier League and obviously it wasn’t a long time ago that Blackburn played in the Prem, so hopefully in a couple of years we'll play there again.

“It had been a dream of mine since I was a little boy to play in England. I've been here for one year and my situation in Leeds wasn't the best right now, so to come here to Blackburn and to continue this journey in England is amazing and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Antonsson is the latest in a long line of Swedish players to have represented the club, from Martin Dahlin to Nils-Eric Johansson and Patrik Andersson to Anders Andersson, and Rovers’ latest recruit is proud to follow in those footsteps.

“There’s been a few Swedish players at this club,” he added. “I know the Olsson brothers, so I watched a couple of their games and followed them a little bit.

“I know a few players who have been here and everyone has spoken positively about Blackburn Rovers, so it was not a hard decision to come here.”

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