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Thomson over the moon at signing new deal

12 January 2017

Connor Thomson hopes he has moved one step closer to playing first team football after signing a new long-term deal with the club.

The development squad midfielder, who joined Rovers from Carlisle in December 2014, put pen-to-paper on a new contract this week which will keep him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2019.

Thomson, who turns 21 next month, was delighted to get the deal done, but insists he hasn’t achieved anything yet.

“I’m over the moon,” said the versatile winger. “I was a bit nervous waiting to sign, but now that it’s done, it’s a big weight off my shoulders.

“But I know that I haven’t done anything yet, so I’ve just got to keep pushing on and try to get in that first team.

“That’s what I want, to play for Blackburn Rovers. And, hopefully, I can’t wait for the day for it to happen.”

Thomson got a taste of first team football when he played against Fleetwood Town in the opening group game of the Checkatrade Trophy in August and the 20-year-old admits it was an experience he wants more of.

“It gives you that little taste of what league football is like and playing against men,” he added. “It gives you that little taste and I just want more and more.

“I want to experience league football, so if a good league team came in for me on loan, I’d try to take the chance and get out there.”

Thomson has been delighted to see so many of his Under-23 team-mates involved in the first team squad in recent weeks and he is desperate to follow in their footsteps.

“It makes you push on even more,” he added.

“To see the lads training with the first team and Ryan Nyambe has had a few games now and there’s Connor Mahoney and players like that.

“A few of them were on the bench for the last game (against QPR in the FA Cup), so it can happen. You’ve just got to wait for your chance and hopefully take it.”

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