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Ryan relishing Championship challenge

Rovers right-back believes a top-half finish would signify a successful season

25 April 2019

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Ryan Nyambe is targeting a top half Championship finish and hopes Rovers can mount a push for the Premier League next season.

After playing a key role in Rovers' promotion from League One, the right-back has enjoyed testing himself against some big teams in the Championship this term.

Rovers are currently just a point behind the teams in the top half of the table and Nyambe believes Tony Mowbray's men have acquitted themselves well in their first season back in the second tier.

With two games to go, the 21-year-old hopes Rovers can end the campaign on a high and then look to kick on again next season.

“Last season meant a lot," said the Academy graduate, who joined the club at the age of 13.

"It was great to be a part of something and to be a part of the team that got promoted.

“This season, I think we’ve done really well. Considering we got relegated and then we’ve just come straight back up, to be mid-table I think we’ve done great.

“Everyone would be delighted if we can finish in the top half, the players and the fans.

“It’s been a big challenge this season, coming up against teams like Norwich, Leeds, Derby County. It’s not an easy league, so it’s been a tough challenge.

"The teams that get relegated from the Premier League are big teams as well, so it's going to be a different challenge again next year.

"As a team and as a player, you want to play against the best teams and the best players."

Nyambe, who this week signed a new two-year deal with the club, keeping him at Ewood Park until June 2021, added: "Hopefully one day we can get back to the Premier League - maybe next season - and if we can do that it would mean a lot to me.

"In pre-season, when we played Liverpool and Everton, I was buzzing to play against them because you want to play against the best teams, so that's what we're striving towards."

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