Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is delighted to have completed the signing of Bradley Dack, who he hopes will become a major asset for the club in the future.
The 23-year-old midfielder joined on an initial three-year deal from Gillingham yesterday for a fee of £750,000 plus add-ons.
Dack was named League One Player of the Year in 2015-16 after scoring 15 goals and claiming 11 assists as the Gills narrowly missed out on a place in the play-offs.
Mowbray, who was manager of League One Coventry City during the 2015-16 season, became an instant admirer of Dack’s energy and enthusiasm, and he is confident he can replicate the fine form he regularly produced at Priestfield after bringing him to Ewood Park.
“I’m very pleased,” said the Rovers manager. “I've experienced Bradley's energy and quality when I was at Coventry playing against Gillingham and that particular season, whilst I thought we had a good season at Coventry, Bradley Dack scored 15 goals from an attacking midfield role.
“I just like his enthusiasm for the game, his energy, his drive, his quality with the ball, he scores goals, he gets in the box, he helps out of possession, he’s just a very good footballer.
“I think we're getting him at a period where, he's not at a low, but he didn't have the greatest season last year, probably because of the frustration and disappointment of not getting his move on the back of such a fantastic season the year before.
“Hopefully we can rekindle that quality that I know he possesses and have a player that will not only help us in this league but if we have the season that we want, hopefully in the next league up as well, he can be a big asset to us.”
Brad is at the right age, he has the right qualities and hopefully he can very quickly become a fans favourite
At 23, Mowbray believes that Dack’s best years are ahead of him and that the signing is a clear indication that the club are investing in promising young talent for the future.
“At the end of last season, I talked about hopefully this is the lowest ebb for the club and we have to now start to rebuild and bounce back,” added the Rovers boss.
“It's important to do it with players that can create their own history and become the heroes of the fans. Brad is at the right age, he has the right qualities and hopefully he can very quickly become a fans favourite and help the team bounce back out of this division and create his own story at Blackburn Rovers and hopefully it's one where our career and his career align in a positive way.
“I’m looking forward to working with him. He likes football and I've said in the past I like footballers who enjoy watching and talking about the game and he definitely does that. So I'm just glad it's concluded, I’m glad he's coming into training with us and going through pre-season with us and hopefully he finds his feet quickly and becomes a big asset.”
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