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Paul's promotion aim

Downing eager to get a promotion on his CV with Rovers

9 January 2018

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Paul Downing insists he would love to end his first season at Rovers with the first promotion of his career.

The 26-year-old, who yesterday completed a permanent move to the club, narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship whilst with Walsall, losing out to Barnsley in the 2016 play-offs.

The defender has played a major role in Rovers' rise up to third place in the League One table, winning 11 and drawing five of the 16 league games he has played so far this season.

Downing hopes to continue his fine form and help the team chase down the top two in the division, to round off a dream debut campaign in Rovers colours.  

"I am at a good age and I feel that my game can develop a lot more and I want to get that promotion under our belt," said Downing, who will remain with Rovers until at least June 2019.

"That’s a big aim for this season, to help the lads and the team get over the line.

"I think every footballer will say that when you start the season, no matter who you are or who you’re playing for, your aim is to win the league or to get promotion.

"It would be my first one as a footballer, so it would be a massive achievement and it’s been the goal from when I first walked in and the lads in the dressing room said the same thing.

"We’re all pulling in the same direction and we’ll all keep working hard until the last game of the season to try and make it come true.

"There’s still a lot of football to play. We were disappointed to have a couple of draws over the festive period, but we’re still unbeaten and I think it’s still in our hands, because we’ve got the clubs around us to come to Ewood.

"There’ll be twists and turns to come, clubs will drop points, clubs will go on runs, we’ve just got to stay consistent with our performances and keep trying to win as many games as possible. 

"We’re in a good position now and we want to try and kick on."

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