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Rovers were the only club I wanted to sign for

Joe Rothwell discusses his switch to Ewood Park just minutes after penning a long-term deal with Rovers

22 June 2018

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After signing a long-term contract with Rovers to become the club's first summer signing, midfielder Joe Rothwell says there is no other place he'd rather be.

Snapped up for an undisclosed fee, Rothwell finally made the move to Ewood Park after coming close to arriving in the January transfer window.
 
The 23-year-old, who came through the youth system at Manchester United, couldn't hide his delight at arriving in East Lancashire, just in time for Rovers' pre-season training camp in Austria.
 
“I’m thrilled that the deal has finally been completed. It’s been a bit of an ongoing thing since January so I’m really pleased that the deal has gone through," the box-to-box midfielder told iFollow Rovers just moments after signing.
 
“Obviously from the interest the club had in me in January, things were close to happening back then. Ever since then really I’ve had this as the club I wanted to come to if I was to leave Oxford.
 
“Speaking to the manager, the ambitions he has and how he wants to play, it really fits into my style well. If things go the way he wants them to then I think we’ll be right up there next season.
 
“The gaffer loves his football, you can tell that straight from speaking to him! He’s 100% committed to this football club and I’ll be the same."
 
He appeared twice against Rovers for Oxford last term, including in front of a bumper crown on the final day of the season at Ewood Park.
 
So what sort of player would the man himself describe himself as?
 
“I can play in a couple of positions but I enjoy playing inside centrally and I’d say my main strength is picking up the ball and driving forward, bringing other people into play," Joe added.
 
“I’m mainly someone who likes to go forward but I’m aware that there is another side of playing in midfield as well. But mainly driving forward and chipping in with goals and assists is what I’ll be looking to do."

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