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Raya ready to fight for the shirt

Spanish stopper determined to hang on to number one spot

4 August 2017

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David Raya insists he will work even harder to keep hold of the number one shirt, after Rovers strengthened the goalkeeping ranks with the signing of Jayson Leutwiler from Shrewsbury Town.

Manager Tony Mowbray has confirmed that the young Spaniard will start in goal for Rovers’ season opener away to Southend this weekend.

Having progressed through the ranks, Raya has had to wait patiently for his opportunity at first team level and he is determined not to let it slip through his grasp. 

"This is what my aim has been since I stepped up to the first team – to get the number one spot,” said the 21-year-old.

"But now I am going to have to keep working hard with Jayson coming into the team, so I am going to have to step it up.

"I've been here five years, the club have given me the chance to progress in my career, which is why I wanted to sign a new contract.

"Now I have the chance to get that number one spot, so it is great."

Raya trained with the new signing from Shrewsbury for the first time on Thursday and he is confident Leutwiler will soon settle in well within the group.

"It will take a bit of time to get to know Jayson because he is new to the team,” added Raya.

“Even in training he doesn't know how we work yet, so he is going to have to get comfortable in the team and comfortable with training.

"But he seems like he's a good guy and I think we are going to get along well."

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