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Lenihan brings so much to our team

Tony Mowbray thrilled to tie down defender Darragh on a long-term deal

3 July 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray couldn't hide his delight after Darragh Lenihan committed his long-term future to the club.

The 24-year-old defender has put pen-to-paper on a deal which will run until the summer of 2022 to extend his Ewood stay having come over as a youngster from his homeland back in 2011.

And the boss is thrilled to be able to work with the Republic of Ireland international for the foreseeable future.

"Darragh is another piece of the jigsaw that we've been trying to do and I expect some more announcements to come on contracts in the coming weeks," Mowbray revealed to iFollow Rovers.

"He's very important and he's someone we've been talking to since the end of last season. Unfortunately for Darragh he missed a large part of last season with his broken metatarsal on the opening day of the season.

"But it's an important bit of business as he is someone who brings pace, power, mobility, desire, but he needs to get his career going and playing regularly. I'm really pleased he sees this club as a platform to play regular, consistent football over the next few years.

"Hopefully that takes him upwardly with us. He certainly helps us in the way he plays and the way I want us to play. He brings qualities which I think our team needs and I'm looking forward to seeing him fit and consistent and helping us win games.

"He's very young still, particularly as a central defender and you know exactly what you're getting from him week in, week out. He's a fierce competitor."

And the manager has now laid down the gauntlet to Lenihan to ensure he's a key figure in Martin O'Neill's Ireland squad, as well as at the heart of the Rovers defence.

"He's played for his country, but the challenge for him is to get in the Irish team on a regular basis and the only way he will be doing that - as he knows - is by performing well for us."

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