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Danny's reaping the rewards

"I had to kickstart his enthusiasm to run, work and fight for the team, showing the energy and showing how much he and the team care about this club"

4 January 2019

Tony Mowbray is thrilled to keep hold of Danny Graham for a further year after the striker put pen-to-paper on a deal that will last until the summer of 2020.

Graham, who has found the net nine times in all competitions this season, extended his Ewood Park stay earlier this week.
 
And the boss is looking forward to keeping the experienced campaigner around the place for his qualities both on and off the pitch.
 
“Danny Graham is someone who I’ve always followed as he’s from my part of the world," the boss began to iFollow Rovers.
 
“He started out as a young kid at Middlesbrough so I’ve always followed his career, when he went on to play for Carlisle and beyond at Watford and then Swansea.
 
“He’s always scored goals. I remember when I first came to the club and Danny was here, he didn’t really have too much of an impact on the team.
 
“I had to kickstart his enthusiasm to run, work and fight for the team, showing the energy and showing how much he and the team care about this club and the fans.
 
“He brought into that and the fact that he starts pretty regularly now shows that. When he stops running and working, it’s nothing personal, but at the moment he’s working hard and benefitting the team.
 
“We’re all delighted with him and I hope he’s delighted with his goals return since we got him working harder.
 
“Because sometimes you ask a striker to run around, when he doesn’t score he blames it on the fact that you’ve asked him to run everywhere else and he’s not getting in the box.
 
“He’s enjoyed working hard to help the team create chances for him up the pitch."
 
Graham, who has turned out for the likes of Carlisle, Watford and Swansea in his career, may be 33, but Mowbray insists he still has plenty to give long-term.
 
“He’s a focal point of our team. There are times where we’ve needed to go more direct to Danny. Sometimes it’s easy to hit a diagonal ball to Danny and get the likes of Bradley [Dack] making late runs into the box," he added.
 
“We’ve scored a lot of goals that way and have utilised his strengths and talents. The personality he brings to the dressing room is another huge positive for us.
 
“It’s important that the likes of Danny, [Charlie] Mulgrew, [Craig] Conway, [Elliott] Bennett, those players use their experience and take responsibility, to do the right things.
 
“I hope he continues scoring goals and continues to be a big part of the team."

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