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Graham playing off the youthful energy

"I like to have a laugh and a carry on, everyone knows that, but when it comes down to business I can be serious as well!"

9 January 2019

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Danny Graham says playing and training with the rest of Rovers' young forwards will keep him young over the next few years!

Graham, who penned an extension to his contract to keep him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2020 last week, admits the competition for places in the attacking areas pushes him on.

Tony Mowbray has options in the final third, with Graham, Bradley Dack, Adam Armstrong, Ben Brereton and Joe Nuttall all vying for slots up top.

“The young lads are keeping me on my toes," Graham said to iFollow Rovers.

"Ben’s come in and we can see what he’s about. He just needs a goal to really kickstart his Rovers career. When he does get that goal I’m sure he’ll be a massive asset for this club.

“Dacky is Dacky. Everyone knows what he’s about. Ever since he has walked in the door, with his goals, assists, the smile on his face, he’s been really refreshing since he arrived.

“Arma’s scored a lot of goals as well. There is a lot of competition up top and like I say, I’m kept on my toes."

Graham, who is one of the main characters in the dressing room, is one of the senior players in the squad, and says he's adapted over the last season or two to assist the youngsters.

“I remember when I was first starting out and I was learning off a lot of experienced players. Nowadays I find it nice to pass on my own advice and experiences to help the young lads learn and develop," he added.

“If they can take it on board, it’s only going to benefit the team and the club. The gaffer’s given me that little bit more responsibility over the last few weeks, getting onto the likes of Dacky, Ben, Arma, Kasey [Palmer], the forward players.

“It’s a role I’m quite enjoying to be honest. It’s hard though because I don’t think the lads take me too serious! I like to have a laugh and a carry on, everyone knows that, but when it comes down to business I can be serious as well!

“I’m really relishing the role, and as good as those players are, I want to be on that team sheet on Saturdays and those Tuesdays. We all have a great friendship, but we’re all fighting for places.

“I still try and slide on my knees to look young when I score! For me, every goal I score is still massive and a real buzz."

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