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Sam's warm welcome

Tony Mowbray expects Gallagher to quickly settle into his new surroundings

14 July 2019

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is confident new signing Sam Gallagher will quickly settle into the squad.

The 23-year-old spent the 2016-17 season on loan at Rovers from Southampton and so is familiar with the facilities - and faces - at the club.

"I could see, when he met the players yesterday, how much they all like each other and get on with each other," said the manager.

"They were laughing and joking straight away. I think he was at Darragh Lenihan's wedding in the summer, so there's a connection there with the group.

"Hopefully that will help the bedding in process pretty quickly.

"He also knows that there's some competition. We've got Danny Graham, Ben Brereton, Bradley Dack, Dominic Samuel, Adam Armstrong, Joe Rothwell.

"We've got some good options now in the forward areas of the pitch and we're looking forward to trying to find the right formula for each game."

As well as having 'good options' in the forward areas, Mowbray also believes that Gallagher's arrival will add a different dimension to the Rovers attack.

"That's why Sam is here," he added. "He brings mobility, power, speed, size.

"Whether he has a great game or a not so great game, he is going to be a real handful for any defender in the league.

"Sometimes just the nuisance factor of a player like Sam Gallagher can buy space and time for someone like Bradley Dack.

"So I'm looking forward to getting him started - getting his boots on, getting him on the grass and seeing the qualities that he posesses to help our team move forward and be stronger."

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