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23 July 2017

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Scotland international Paul Caddis is looking forward to linking up with some familiar faces at Rovers.

The 29-year-old, who has signed a two-year deal at Ewood Park, started his career at Celtic, where he came through the youth ranks with Charlie Mulgrew.

The attacking full-back then enjoyed a short loan spell at Dundee United, where he played alongside Craig Conway, who also hails from Caddis’ hometown of Irvine.

Having previously been on trial with the club in January, prior to returning for a second spell with the squad this summer, both at Brockhall and out in Austria, the former Birmingham City ace admits he has settled in seamlessly.

It is a good group and everybody is reading off the same page and we all want to be successful.

Paul Caddis

"I grew up with Charlie Mulgrew at Celtic, so I know Charlie well,” said Caddis, who bagged a second-half brace in Rovers’ 8-0 victory over York City on Tuesday night.

“I know Craig Conway, who is from the same area up in Scotland as me, so it is good to have familiar faces.

"But at the same time there are still a lot of familiar faces from when I was previously here and having played against a lot of the lads in the Championship.

"So it is a good group and everybody is reading off the same page and we all want to be successful.”

Caddis insists having the likes of Charlie Mulgrew and Craig Conway at the club highlights the experience and quality within the group, but he has stressed that there is no substitute for hard work if Rovers want to be successful next season.

"You can see these guys have played at a good level for a long time,” added the new Rovers recruit.

"Charlie has played in the Champions League for Celtic. It just shows you the quality that is right throughout the squad.

"But quality doesn't always bring you results. You've got to graft and work and that is the good thing that the manager has brought to this club – a bit of work ethic."

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