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Healthy competition will raise the bar

Tony eager to add to Rovers' squad, but says transfer negotiations are often drawn out

5 July 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray admits having too much quality on his hands can only be a good thing, but getting that talent does take time.

Mowbray's already made moves this summer, bringing in midfield duo Joe Rothwell and Jacob Davenport from Oxford United and Manchester City respectively.
 
And the boss confesses that he's keen to continue improving the squad as well as rewarding the current crop, who bounced back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
 
“We’re trying to create lots of competition. I hope it raises the bar - that’s why we buy young, competitive players that want to force themselves into the team," he told iFollow Rovers.
 
“We want as many good players as we can at this football club and we’re working hard behind the scenes to always keep improving.
 
“It’s never easy. Negotiations have dragged on a little bit longer than I would have liked but we have one or two over the line now and we’re edging closer to another couple as well.
 
“We want to secure some of our players from last season as well, and we’re working towards one or two of them."
 
With the return of pre-season games just around the corner, things are hotting up on the transfer front, but Tony isn't panicking and is adamant the squad will be ready and secured for the regular season opener in Suffolk on Saturday 4th August.
 
“I know everybody wants our business all done in a day, but that just doesn’t happen in football!" he added.
 
“We want to build bit by bit to make us competitive, starting from the opening day of the season at Ipswich."

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