Rovers chief Tony Mowbray couldn't hide his delight after making Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer his third signing of the summer transfer window.
The highly-rated 21-year-old arrived earlier today on a season-long loan from the five-time Premier League champions, with Rovers winning the race for the attacker's signature.
A current England Under-21 international, Palmer has achieved play-off finishes with two Championship clubs in his career, having helped Huddersfield Town to the Premier League via Wembley Stadium in 2016-17 before spending the second half of last season at Derby County.
Able to play in a variety of positions, Mowbray is thrilled to bring the mercurial talent to Ewood Park.
“I’m trying to loosen the burden on Bradley Dack, Danny Graham, Dominic Samuel, those sort of players. They need some help and after losing Adam Armstrong, Jack Payne, Harry Chapman, we have really lost a lot of attacking minding players," Tony told iFollow Rovers.
“Kasey is a player I have liked for the last few years. I’m delighted to have finally brought him here. It’s a deal that’s taken a bit of time with him going off to Australia with Chelsea, despite him not getting any game time.
“I’m delighted he’s here. He’ll help our team with his creativity, his technical ability, his speed. We have to get him up to speed. He’s not had much game time with the new Chelsea manager, but that will happen pretty quickly I’m sure.
“I’m looking forward to working with him, looking forward to bringing him into our group and looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the team."
Palmer brings both youth and experience all in one package, having excelled at Championship level prior to arriving in East Lancashire, and Mowbray believes this is key for the squad ahead of the 2018-19 campaign starting on Saturday.
“Importantly he knows what the top end of the Championship is about having been with Huddersfield and at Derby," Tony added. "He knows the expectation of having to win games and that’s the expectation we’ll have here. Hopefully he will thrive off that.
“Anywhere in the top four positions he can play. He can even play central midfield and travel with the ball from there. He is very versatile and technically he will give us a great option."
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