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Travelling to look at targets

Tony Mowbray will head back to Europe this weekend to watch potential signings

26 April 2019

Manager Tony Mowbray says he is scouring the European market, as the search for summer signings hots up.

Having just returned to East Lancashire from a trip to Europe this week, the Rovers boss and his assistant, Mark Venus, will be heading back to the continent after Saturday's game against Norwich City.

The trips come as a result of months of hard work from the club's burgeoning recruitment department to identify potential transfer targets.

"My staff have just left," said the manager. "They are going again today and I will be travelling to the continent again over the weekend after our game on Saturday night.

"It's at that stage of the season now where we're all hands to the pump, making sure the targets that we've been assessing and looking at for months, it's now an opportunity to go and watch live.

"In an ideal world, if you're going to sign somebody you need to have sat there and watched them in an environment to see what they're doing at every moment away from the ball - are they walking, are they running, are they pointing, are they organising, what are they doing when the cameras aren't on them?

"So that's what we're all doing this week. We're all travelling to look at the targets and give our staff opinions of whether this is where we want to spend the money or where we want to add to our group and these are important decisions for us to make.

"When we identify a player that we like, we've got to see whether the financials are right and can we do a deal. Do they want to come to this country? Do they want to play in the Championship? Do they see themselves as Premier League superstars?

"Until you start digging underneath the surface, you never get a feel of where it's at. So the work is going on behind the scenes, whilst we prepare for these final two games at the same time."


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