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Boss optimistic of deadline day additions

Tony Mowbray is hopeful of further additions later today, with the window slamming shut at 5pm

8 August 2019

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is hopeful that he will add to his five summer signings, with the deadline for transfers under eight hours away.

Time's running out for Mowbray - and the rest of English football - to add to their squads, but the boss is optimistic that further signings will be made by 5pm today.

Stewart Downing, Bradley Johnson, Sam Gallagher, Christian Walton and Tosin Adarabioyo have already walked through the Ewood Park doors this summer, all of which add Championship experience to the squad.

And Mowbray has got his fingers crossed that there may well be one or two more.

“It’s all a bit hectic," the boss admitted.

"Hopefully we’ll have some action at some point, because we’re meeting people and are having discussions.

“The phone is extraordinarily busy on a day like today. After today we’ll have a squad that will have to get us through the next four or five months.

“You can try and be aggressive and force deals, but sometimes there are deals that come out of the blue because of a domino effect. You sometimes need to make those last second decisions, even with the best planning in the world.

“Something then might throw that our of sync and there are deals that just come from nowhere. Something might fall in your lap that’s too good to turn down.

“The madness of the last day is always there," he said.

“The job is always to improve. New signings take a bit of time to settle in and you’d like them all in before pre-season starts, but the realism is that it never works out that way.

“If a few come in today, it could take them three or four weeks to see how we play. You need to assess the player.

“We’ll see what today brings for us. Would I be happy with our business if nobody else comes in? It would be okay, and yet every manager should be thinking that there’s areas to improve.”

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