Tony Mowbray is delighted to be reunited with Paul Caddis – eight years after they first worked together at Celtic.
The Scottish defender became Mowbray’s sixth signing of the summer when he put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal following a successful trial.
Mowbray is well aware of Caddis’ qualities, having handed him 13 appearances during the 2009-10 season at Celtic Park, and then having followed his progress south of the border since.
The Rovers boss believes Caddis will provide excellent competition for Ryan Nyambe in the right-back role and he hopes his quality will help the club achieve its aims this season.
Hopefully he’ll help us on a journey to get out of this league and beyond.
“I’m delighted that Caddy has signed,” said Mowbray. “We’ve had him a few weeks, we’ve had a look at him and his physical condition has improved significantly over the last three weeks.
“I didn’t question his talent, because he was a good footballer as a younger player when I had him at Celtic.
“I think he’s proven that he can play at a higher level, as he’s played in the Championship (for Birmingham City) for a long time. His personality is good for our dressing room and our group, and I think his quality will help.
“I brought him to compete to play at the right-back position with Ryan Nyambe. I think it was an area of the pitch we needed some competition and Paul brings that. He’s a different type of footballer to Ryan, but at times this season his quality with the ball at his feet will be something that is required in our team.
“Ultimately, he’s a good lad and a good footballer. Hopefully he’ll help us on a journey to get out of this league and beyond. Hopefully he stays fit, he creates real competition, he enjoys his time here and he helps us achieve our aims.”
Mowbray is confident that 19-year-old Nyambe will learn a lot from his latest signing, who is 10 years his senior, but he insists that Caddis’ primary role will be to compete for a place in the team and not just to pass on his experience and expertise to Rovers’ rising star.
“I hope he can aid Ryan’s development, but first and foremost the competition for the place has got to really focus his concentration,” added the manager.
“Hopefully Ryan can watch and learn from Paul’s different qualities as a footballer. Knowing Caddy’s personality, I think he will help the young lads as well.
“They’re very different and different games, against different opposition, might require a different team selection and they’ll both play quite a bit of football this season I’m sure.”