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Dack optimistic of a second successful season

Bradley looks back on his first campaign at Ewood and looks ahead to his maiden season in the Championship

24 July 2018

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Fresh from signing a new contract at Rovers, midfield maestro Bradley Dack says he sees no reason why the good times can't continue to roll at Ewood Park.

It was a sensational season for both the club and Dack on a personal level, who top scored in his debut campaign in East Lancashire with 18 goals, won the club's Player of the Year award and also was rewarded for his efforts by taking home the League One Player of the Year gong.
 
But it wasn't always easy for the 24-year-old, who opted to head north in the summer of 2017 from Gillingham, where he'd been his whole professional career.
 
“Maybe moving away from home for the first time was part of the problem for my slow start. I did miss home a little bit but I can’t use that as an excuse," Bradley admits. "The injuries didn’t help and I wasn’t fit enough. I worked on that with the coaches and they got me fit and firing.
 
“It ensured I have great memories from the campaign. It brought everyone at the club together, the fans included. I remember the game at Doncaster, where it was wet, windy and 0-0 before we won it late. It felt like it was all written for us to do it that way and do it together with the huge travelling support, scoring in front of them.
 
“It was a great season all round. All my awards have been taken back to my mum and dad’s house. They’re all on top of a mantelpiece in the front room. They are something me and my family are very proud of, but I couldn’t have done it without everyone at the club. They are something I can show the grandkids!"
 
And after bouncing back to the Championship at the first time of asking, Dack feels that we're a "club on the up" and believes that he will be able to handle the step up into unknown territory for him.
 
The Londoner has never played higher than League One, but is relishing the challenge and is backing himself to be as successful in the second tier as he was in the third.
 
“Some people say the best thing that has happened to Rovers is going down to League One. It brought everyone at the club back together, we had to work harder, we got out of the league and now the club is one on the up rather than one looking down," he added.
 
“We’ll take it a game at a time, hopefully have a good start and bed into the league. That’s what we’ll look to do before assessing where we’re at 10 games in.
 
“I back myself to be able to cut it at this level. We’ve shown we can do it as a big fish in a small pond last season so let's keep the momentum going."

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