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Tony identifies transfer requirements

The boss discusses targets and getting the right blend in the squad next season

16 May 2018

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The search has already started for new signings, and Tony Mowbray certainly knows what he wants when it comes to his summer business.

Experienced heads in the form of defender Elliott Ward and winger Liam Feeney were told their contracts wouldn't be renewed earlier this week and Mowbray has revealed work has already started to bring in reinforcements ahead of next season's Championship challenge.

“I would like to sign some players around that age of 22, 23, 24 years old that have good athleticism and good technique and see Blackburn Rovers as a huge step-up in their career and being a vehicle that can potentially take them towards the Premier League," the boss began.

“I’m also very conscious of how tough this division is having managed a good few years in it. I think we’ve got some good players here.

“The recruitment last summer went okay for us. We got quite a few right, some didn’t work out as happens when you bring in up to 11 or 12 players, you can’t get every single one spot on for whatever reason.

“We got some spot on and the message this summer will be that we need to recruit again.

“We’ve lost a few, a couple out of contract and some offers that we will wait on and see what the decisions on those offers are, but I think we need to strengthen the squad."

And whilst on-the-pitch qualities are crucial for next term in the second tier, what the player is like off the pitch also comes into the boss' thinking when it comes to acquiring talent.

“It doesn’t mean experienced players on big salaries, it means players that we believe can fit in to this group and bring the assets and qualities from their games to our team whether that be speed out wide, guaranteed goals up front which is difficult to do, tenacity in midfield, passing in midfield, competition in the full-back areas or another central defender, I think we need to do that.

“As I said last year if they are all going to be free transfers then the chance of getting them right is less. If you spend money on players that you really like and are taking a good player out of a club by spending some money then you have a better chance of getting them right."

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