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Lenihan eager to keep improving

23 March 2017

Darragh Lenihan believes that he has improved a lot with getting more game time during what he calls a 'fantastic year' at Rovers.

By January 2016 the defender had made just three first team appearances, but having featured regularly at the back end of last term, he has gone on to be a firm fixture in the senior squad this season, missing just five matches.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 captain couldn't have imagined that he would progress so quickly, but he is firmly focussed on looking forward rather than back.

"In terms of playing this has been a fantastic year for myself," said the Irishman. "I couldn't have imagined this time 12 months ago that I'd have played so many games.

"But I won't look back, I'll only look forward and hopefully in another 12 months I'll have played a similar number of games."

Having played in the centre of midfielder as a youngster and during a successful loan spell with Burton Albion, his first couple of senior outings for Rovers came as a make-shift centre-half at the end of the 2014-15 season.

But his big break came during Paul Lambert's spell as manager the following year with a run of 26 appearances.

However this season has seen Lenihan make the centre-half position his own and has featured in all of Tony Mowbray's seven games in charge.

But for the popular Rover, he's just happy to put on the blue and white shirt, and will play wherever he is required.

"I've always said that I'll play wherever I'm put, that is up to the manager wherever he sees me best," he added.

"I'll just do the best I possibly can whatever position I'm put in. I've always been like that and I always will be.

"I've done okay, I have high standards of myself and when you are losing games you might come away feeling you've done alright, but I want to win games and we shouldn't really be in the position that we are.

"Hopefully we can build on these next few games and move on and hopefully have a better season next year."

Roves and Lenihan are back in action after the international break when they travel to take on Brighton & Hove Albion.

Away tickets are selling well for the game on the south coast, and with home areas now all sold out, there will be no sales on the day at the ground, so advance purchase will be required.

Tickets are priced at £30 for Adults, £22 for Seniors 65+ and Under-21s, £15 for Under-18s and £8 for Under-10s.

Away travel is also available at £32 for Adults, £30.50 for Concessions.

Book online today at www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers, in store at Ewood Park, or via our call centre on 01254 372000.

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