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Mowbray: Danny's an influential player for us

Tony delighted to keep hold of his experienced striker ahead of Rovers' Championship return

12 June 2018

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has hailed "integral" Danny Graham after the striker signed a new deal to extend his stay at the club for another season at least.

The hitman, who bagged 17 goals for Rovers last season, playing his part in an instant return to the second tier, put pen-to-paper on a new one-year contract to stay at Ewood Park.

And the boss is thrilled to see the 32-year-old sign on the dotted line ahead of the 2018-19 Championship season.

“I think Danny is a very integral part of what we are doing and what we achieved last season," Mowbray said. "He’s got huge experience of the Championship of course and has scored plenty of goals at that level as well.
 
“He was important, along with the likes of [Charlie] Mulgrew, [Elliott] Bennett, [Craig] Conway - the senior players - who managed to drive the dressing room and keep the standards high.
 
"It is important to keep those personalities in the dressing room and as well as that, he’s a player who almost guarantees goals when he gets the playing time."
 
So what's the challenge for Graham next season? The boss says keeping the forward hungry is the key to continue seeing the Geordie rattling the goals in.
 
“It’s about him working hard, staying lean, staying fit and we’re happy to have him for another year to continue scoring goals and moving us forward.
 
“Danny gives us an option at times to go more direct when teams get men behind the ball. When you have a Bradley Dack or a Harry Chapman around him, picking up the pieces, he really does help the team."
 

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