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Tony: Why I admire Amari'i

The boss says Rovers' newest recruit is full of talent and will create competition for places

19 January 2018

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has expressed his delight at completing the signing of versatile defender Amari'i Bell from Fleetwood.

The 23-year-old finalised his move across Lancashire on Friday afternoon, and will bolster the Blues' League One promotion push.

Speaking about the deal, Mowbray says Rovers have captured a talented player in Bell, and believes the challenge of playing at Ewood is one he will relish.

“We’re delighted. I think he’s very talented and hopefully he’s going to be an important player for us moving forward," the boss said.

“I think he’s got good quality, he takes care of the football and he’s very athletic.

“There are things we can help him with in terms of his game and he’s humble enough to understand and recognise that, he knows he’s not come here to walk straight into our team."

Left-back Derrick Williams is yet to miss a minute of league action for Rovers this season, and Mowbray says Bell's signing will create healthy competition.

“Derrick has been fantastic for us this season, and this signing creates competition. There is a level of flexibility with both of those players and Amari’i will make the squad look more complete.

“When you sign players, you look at their talent and potential, and I think the talent is there. We have to make him grow in confidence and belief.

“Sometimes the biggest issue for players is whether or not they can deal with the demands and pressures of playing for a big club.

“Throughout my career I’ve played for some big clubs and have seen how difficult it can be when you’re expected to win every week. 

“That’s the challenge for Amari’i but he’s excited for it and looking forward to playing here. I’m looking forward to working with him. 

“One of the reasons he’s here is because he sees this club as a vehicle for him – it’s a club which matches his ambitions. 

“I know for a fact he had some options in the Championship and yet he sees this as an opportunity to get on board with a vehicle that’s going in the right direction. 

“He can grow with the team, and that makes sense to me, rather than taking another option at a Championship club and not playing for half a season. 

“He’s made his decision, he’s here and he understands that there is competition. That’s okay, because it’s a challenge for him and I know that with his talent he’ll grow into this team."

See Amari'i Bell's potential debut when Rovers take on Northampton at Ewood Park next Saturday (January 27th). Click here to buy tickets.


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