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David's new deal delight

2 March 2017

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Rovers are pleased to announce that goalkeeper David Raya has extended his stay with the club.

The Spanish stopper has signed a one-year extension to his contract, which will keep him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2019.

The 21-year-old, who joined from Barcelona-based club Cornella in July 2012, has made 10 appearances in Rovers colours and he hopes that many more are still to come.

"It feels great," said Raya. "It's a chance to carry on at this great club. I've been here for five years and it's a chance to grow up further as a footballer and as a person, so I'm really pleased with it.

"The club gave me the chance to start my career here, so I just want to stay for as long as possible and repay all the support that I've had from the club.

"I'm obviously very happy here. I've been here since I was 16 and it feels like home."

So, what the aims for both Raya and Rovers over the next two years?

"Right now, the club needs to be safe and stay in the Championship. Personally, I just need to carry on training hard and wait for my chance in the team.

"This year and last year I haven't played as much as I would like, but football is like that. When I get my chance, I just need to take it."

Raya insists he relishes the rivalry with Jason Steele for the number one spot and he believes that that healthy competition can only be of benefit to the team.

"That's the good thing, me and Jason work hard every day and we're pushing each other," he added. "I'm trying to push him and trying to get his spot.

"I always try to work as hard as possible and doing that, I think it makes Steeley work even harder not to lose his place. He's been playing well ever since he came, he's a really good goalkeeper and I've learnt a lot from him and it's good to have that competition between two goalies.

"I'm just waiting for my chance to show the new manager what I can do and then we'll see if I can stay in the team.  

"I'm still young, I've got a lot of years ahead of me hopefully. I'm only 21, so I'm just waiting for my chance and we'll see what happens. I just need to keep training and keep doing the right things and try to push him that little bit harder."

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