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Here to work hard - Smallwood

26 June 2017

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Richie Smallwood
Richie Smallwood

Richie Smallwood has vowed to do the 'dirty work' in the Rovers engine room next season.

The defensive midfielder, who has signed a two-year deal, with the option of a further year at Ewood Park, admits he relishes the role, but is eager to add a great attacking element to his game going forward.

"I'm a very hard worker," said the 26-year-old.

"I like to do the dirty work, but I can also pass the ball and get forward as well.

"I'd like to add a few more goals and assists to my game, but I tend to do the dirty work and get the ball to let the flair players and let them do the business at the top end of the pitch."

Smallwood insists that hard work will be a crucial component for Rovers in League One, but believes that it is the teams with the most matchwinners who ultimately achieve their aims.

"You need that (hard work), but you also need the quality, which I think the squad has got in abundance," he added.

"I think the difference between the Championship and League One is just the quality in the final third and the quality in the final third at this club will be the difference I think.

"Hopefully everybody stays fit, there's good competition and hopefully we'll have a good season."

• Don't forget, Rovers fans have until Saturday July 1st to take advantage of the club's price freeze on season tickets for the 2017-18 season.

With adult prices starting from just £279, it means supporters who buy or renew a season ticket can see all the action at Ewood Park for less than £13 per game.

For more details, visit the new supporter portal 'My Rovers' at

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