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Mowbray: Payne can pick the locks

The boss reflects on his loan capture of Jack Payne from Huddersfield Town

16 January 2018

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A delighted Tony Mowbray was eulogising new signing Jack Payne when discussing the 23-year-old's switch to East Lancashire earlier today.

Payne put pen to paper on a loan deal until the end of the season and Mowbray is really looking forward to working with the Huddersfield loanee.

"I'm really happy as Jack will improve the quality and the options that we have," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers.

"I'm delighted he's here. He was sharp in training, showed real quality and was tight with the football as well.

"I knew he was a good player. I have come up against him before and he's a constant threat. When he is on the ball then the opposition are in trouble.

"Jack is a creator, he can pick a pass and can score himself. When he's on the ball you hold your breath really and see how he moves things. He's a good quality football player.

"He's another part of the jigsaw. He can unlock doors, see runs and can put the ball in front of them. Around the edge of the box he can put opponents off balance, can assist and get shots away as well."

Rovers have at times had trouble breaking down opponents, particularly at home, with defences being stubborn on visits to Ewood Park.

But Tony believes Payne is the ideal candidate to find a route through those resolute backlines.

"In those tight games against teams who put men behind the ball, sometimes a player like Jack can be the difference," he added.

"Jack's a confident lad but a humble guy at the same time. He knows he has to get himself in the team, compete and work hard for the team."

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