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Jayson's joy at extended stay

Rovers goalkeeper pleased to remain at Rovers for at least another season

16 May 2019

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Jayson Leutwiler is pleased to be staying at Rovers for a third season.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper joined Rovers from Shrewsbury Town in August 2017 on a two-year deal with the option of an extra year, which the club activated when it confirmed its Retain List yesterday.

The Canadian international has found opportunities limited since making the move to Ewood Park, with David Raya Rovers' recognised first-choice keeper.

However, Leutwiler started the final four games of the 2018-19 season, helping Rovers record back-to-back victories over QPR and Bolton Wanderers, and he admits it was a 'pleasure' to be back between the sticks.

"I'm very pleased to stay at the club," said the Swiss-born stopper, who previously played for manager Tony Mowbray at Middlesbrough.

"Blackburn Rovers is a massive club, so I'm very happy to get an extra year. It means that I work hard and I work well for the club, and I'm really pleased with that.

"I've really enjoyed these past two years. The first year, I got the chance to be promoted and this year I got the chance to play five games in the Championship.

"For me, it was very important to get those four games at the end of the season, which helped me to get a new deal.

"I'd missed playing regularly, so it was a pleasure to play the games and I enjoyed every minute.

"The results were pretty good, apart from Norwich, but it was just really good to be back out there on the pitch on a Saturday playing games again."

Currently on a short summer break, Leutwiler says he is already looking forward to next season, which he hopes will be a positive one for the club.

"I'll come back for pre-season and continue to work really hard," he added.

"Whether I play one minute or 90 minutes, I'm the same in training every day - I give my best and that's what I'll continue to do.

"We're all looking forward to a good season next season and trying to push on. We've had a solid season, when you think about it, but next season will be a bigger season.

"We're not the team who's just been promoted anymore, we're a team who's been in the Championship for a whole year now, so we need to push on."

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