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Gallagher: It's amazing to be back

The returning Rover is thrilled to make a permanent switch to Ewood Park

13 July 2019

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New signing Sam Gallagher couldn't hide his delight after securing a return to Rovers on a permanent basis from Southampton earlier today.

The 23-year-old has penned a four-year contract with the club, where he scored 12 times in all competitions during a season-long loan deal during the 2016-17 campaign.

The Devon-born forward becomes Tony Mowbray's third summer signing, following on from the captures of experienced midfield pair Stewart Downing and Bradley Johnson.

Gallagher spent time on loan at Birmingham City in 2017-18, before spending last season in Saints' first team squad, but he admits he was always keen for a second spell at Ewood Park.

“It’s amazing to be back and it’s something that I’ve wanted to happen ever since I left the club after my loan spell," Gallagher told iFollow Rovers.

"For the move to finally happen feels great.

“The whole feeling of the club, even walking around the training ground this morning, it’s almost as if I never left really.

“Even the drive into the training ground brought back so many good memories for me, but hopefully there will be better ones to come.

“Last time I was here, Tony came in during the second half of the season and everyone at the football club knew we had a good thing when that happened.

“How the season finished didn’t really reflect the team we had or the team that we could have been.

“But it’s nice to come back and feel that you can play a part in changing fortunes for the better.

“A big thing for any player is to feel like you’re in a manager’s plans and to feel wanted. That was a big factor in me coming back here."

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