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Excited to be back at Ewood - Sam

Rovers new boy is looking to build on successful first spell with the club

14 July 2019

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Sam Gallagher is looking forward to re-creating some memorable moments back at Ewood Park.

The striker, who yesterday signed a four-year deal with the club, netted 10 times on home soil during his first spell in Rovers colours.

His season with Rovers, in 2016-17, was his most successful loan spell away from Southampton and that played a big part in his decision to return to the club.

"It's in my memory as one of my favourite times of playing football and when I was enjoying my football the most as well," said the 23-year-old.

"It's definitely a feeling I want to try and replicate and hopefully build on.

"There was a few goals that were nice and just that feeling of playing at Ewood and having the home crowd behind you, especially when the boys were doing well."

Gallagher admits he has been inundated with messages from Rovers fans since his first spell and he is delighted to have their support.

"When it came round to the transfer windows, I'd always get a few messages, so it was nice to be not forgotten about," he added.

"It's nice to feel wanted, so that was a big thing for me."

Gallagher has also remained in close contact with a number of the Rovers players since returning to the south coast.

And he believes that those close friendships will help him to quickly settle back into the squad.

"I felt like I made some great friends here before, for me and my girlfriend," added the England Under-20 international.

"There's still people around the Blackburn and Manchester area that we've always kept in touch with and seen over the summers.

"It's nice to have those things outside of football which make life better.

"You haven't got that little awkward patch at the start where you don't know people's names.

"Obviously there's new players that have come in, but from mutual friends you get to know people.

"So hopefully I'll settle in again and we'll see how things go."

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