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Rovers strike double deal!

Ben Brereton and Danny Graham sign new deals to extend their stays at Ewood Park

4 January 2019

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Blackburn Rovers are delighted to confirm New Year deals for strike duo Danny Graham and Ben Brereton.

Graham, who has scored 46 goals in 131 games since joining the club in January 2016, has agreed a one-year extension, which will keep him at Ewood Park until June 2020.

Brereton, who arrived at Rovers on loan from Nottingham Forest in August, has now put pen-to-paper on a permanent deal, for an undisclosed fee, through to June 2022.

A vastly experienced striker, Graham has made over 500 appearances in a career which spans 15 years and 12 different clubs.

The 33-year-old initially joined Rovers on loan from Sunderland three years ago, before making the move permanent in June 2016.

He has gone on to become a firm favourite at Ewood Park and scored 17 times in all competitions last season, as Rovers secured an immediate return to the Championship.

A player who leads the line with distinction, Graham's fine form has continued this term, netting eight league goals, including a memorable hat-trick on his 100th start for the club in the 4-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday last month.

His protégé, Brereton, becomes manager Tony Mowbray's first signing of the January transfer window, having penned a three-and-a-half-year deal. 

A player with huge promise, the 19-year-old is a product of the Forest Academy, who made his professional debut in a Championship clash against Leeds United at Elland Road in January 2017, aged just 17.

Brereton netted three times that season, before helping fire England’s Under-19s to European Championship glory in the summer of 2017, finishing as joint top scorer at the tournament.

Now an England Under-20 international, the precocious teenage talent enjoyed an impressive first full season at Forest in 2017-18, scoring six goals in 39 appearances, before sealing a loan switch to Rovers last summer.

Having featured primarily as a substitute this season, Brereton has shown flashes of his undoubted quality and is expected to have a big future here at Ewood Park.

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