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Mowbray: More irons in the fire

Tony wanted a centre back and he's got one, and the boss says he's looking at further additions

31 July 2019

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Tony Mowbray's moving on to the next one after completing the capture of young defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

The giant defender became the latest player to make the move to East Lancashire after switching from Manchester City on loan for the season.

With five new recruits in through the Ewood Park doors this summer, the boss says there may well be further additions before the close of the transfer window in just over a week's time.

“Once we had this one done we were moving on again," Mowbray revealed.

"We’re seeing what’s out there for us. What’s interesting is that the closer we come to deadline day, the busier the phone gets, the more players become available.

“Some players we enquired about early on in the window who weren’t available now are available. Why? Because teams want loads of money for them at the start, realise those big bids aren’t coming in, and then they do become available.

“Let’s wait and see what we do. What we’ll look at is the spreadsheets, the budgets and then see where else we need to strengthen."

In the form of Stewart Downing, Bradley Johnson, Sam Gallagher, Christian Walton and now Adarabioyo, Mowbray's brough in added Championship experience.

And whether more players come in or not, the boss feels his squad are in a better position now than they were a year ago.

“If we do strengthen then that’s great, but if we don’t then we’re still stronger than we were this time last year, when we were a match for everybody," he added enthusiastically.

“Let’s be positive and take that positivity into the first game of the season. We’re excited for it.”

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