Rovers boss Tony Mowbray was delighted to finally get his man, as Sam Gallagher today joined on a permanent deal from Southampton.
Mowbray worked with the striker for the final 15 league games of the 2016-17 Championship season, when Gallagher netted 12 goals in all competitions during a season-long loan spell from the Saints.
The Rovers manager has maintained a firm interest in the 23-year-old forward since and was thrilled to secure his signature on a permanent basis.
Mowbray believes Gallagher has all of the right attributes to become a real success story at Ewood Park, highlighting his honesty and work ethic as standout qualities.
"We're obviously delighted," said the manager. "It was a journey to get over the line, but we've done it and there's still three weeks to go until the start of the season.
"So we've got plenty of time to bed him in to our systems of play, to understand what the expectations are and how we want him to play.
"We're looking forward to getting him started on the grass on Monday.
"I worked with him for 15 games when I first arrived and he's a great guy. He's honest, he works hard, he gives you everything he's got and he looks to have grown a few more inches to be honest.
"I just like his honesty, his hard work and the fact that he wants to be a footballer and a good player. That's what we have to try and mould him into.
"He probably hasn't played as much football as he would have liked over the last few years, but I'm delighted he enjoyed his period of time up here in Blackburn enough that when the choices came for him he wanted to come back.
"I'm just looking forward to seeing his raw strength and talent and ability on the pitch, which will hopefully help our team score some goals and win some games.
"Let's hope it's a good period for both of us - the club, the team and for Sam as well."