Tony Mowbray believes keeping Danny Graham hungry will be key to both the team and the striker reaping rewards as the 2018-19 season draws ever closer.
The experienced frontman put pen-to-paper on a new one-year deal to remain at Ewood Park last week to extend his stay in East Lancashire for another season at least.
And the boss believes having Graham on board will be a useful go-to at times next term.
“He is physical and uses his body so well. It’s an option we will need to utilise at times and keeping Danny will allow us to use that kind of option.
“Both Danny and Bradley [Dack] became competitive with the goals they were getting. They get on well and there is a good understanding there, both helping each other to score goals.
“The main thing for me is keeping Danny hungry and keeping him scoring goals. He needs to do what he can to ensure he’s a starter every week.
“I hope the fans are pleased. I worked hard to get Danny to stay. He did have offers but he was always keen to continue that journey, mainly for the rapport he has with the supporters."
And aside from the here and the now, the boss adds that the 33-year-old, who has Premier League experience on his CV, can be beneficial for the future as well.
“Another reason why we kept Danny is so he can almost mentor younger players to help them grow into good footballers," Mowbray said.
“Basic little things for strikers, Danny has scored plenty of goals just being in the right place at the right time and following in. Our younger strikers can learn a lot off him, just by watching him in training every day."