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Reed is a soldier and an artist

Boss delighted to land young midfielder on loan from Premier League Southampton

27 August 2018

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"I always talk about soldiers and artists and I think Harrison has a bit of both in him."

That is the thought of Tony Mowbray after Harrison Reed became the sixth signing of the summer, joining on loan from Southampton earlier today.

The midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Norwich City, will remain at Ewood Park for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.

And the boss was beaming after bringing in the 23-year-old.

"I'm delighted that he's come. It's been going on for a week or two but he's here now, he's signed," Mowbray said.

"He fits the mould of what we're trying to do. He fits the type of footballer we like and now he has to come and compete to try and get a place in our team. From what I have seen of him, he will be a very serious contender to break into the team.

"Richie [Smallwood] and Corry [Evans] can't keep churning our performances week after week and Harrison's addition increases that competition."

"I always talk about soldiers and artists and I think Harrison has a bit of both in him. He can put his foot in, can get around the pitch and is tenacious. It's competition for our team.

"He knows he has to try and get my mindset that he needs to start in place of others. What people like and what I like is that he's an effective footballer. He's got some wonderful attributes.

"He has that Championship experience of last season at Norwich. I think he is a good signing for us and helps cover the bases."

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