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Mowbray's plan for new deals

The boss is eager to add to his squad as soon as possible

13 October 2017

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Tony Mowbray insists now is the time to build his Blackburn Rovers squad, and says he's keen to get players signed up to long-term deals.

Rovers duo Elliott Bennett penned a two-year extension last week, while young striker Dan Butterworth signed his first professional deal with the club.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Blues' trip to Oldham, Mowbray says he'll waste no time in bolstering his squad further.

“I think it’s a process that the club should be going through," he told reporters. "I think that if you’ve got players you like, you should be trying to build the squad from its strong positions.

"Why wait until a month or two before the end of the season? If we like them, get them tied up.

"Let’s try to build the squad while we feel there are decent players here, rather than trying to find new ones because everyone who’s out of contract disappears.

"It’s important that we sign players for the future and hopefully there’s more to add to that as the weeks and months roll on."

The boss was naturally delighted to see Bennett and Butterworth commit to the cause, and was full of praise for the pair.

"It’s two aspects, really" he added. "You’ve got an experienced player in Bennett who's 28 and still has lots of energy and power in his legs. He’s an important personality in our dressing room.

"The other aspect is a young player coming through, he’s had some injury problems at the start of the season but he’s a fabulous talent.

"Dan scored a great goal this week for the Under-23s and showed what he’s all about. He’s can travel with the ball, finish with either foot, he’s very direct and you can see he wants to score – it’s in his veins."




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