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It was a brave call to make

Adam Armstrong is set to make his 200th club career appearance on Saturday afternoon

3 October 2019

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You won't come across too many 22-year-olds who have 200 appearances under their belt.

But that's the number that Adam Armstrong could hit should he play a part for Rovers against Queens Park Rangers this weekend at the Kiyan Prince Stadium.

Armstrong came through the ranks at Newcastle United before taking in spells with Coventry City, Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers prior to moving to Rovers.

Of those games, 80 have come in Rovers colours, and Armstrong admits he was surprised to hear of his upcoming figure.

“It’s come around quick to be honest,” the forward said to iFollow Rovers when reflecting on his milestone.

“I knew I’d played a lot of games, but have only been told of the number. It’s been brilliant so far and hopefully there’s many more to come for me.

“It’s a nice stat to have for a 22-year-old. I’ve gained a lot of experience in my career and the first loan move to Coventry was a massive step for me in going from Under-23s football to men’s football.

“I did well there and the experiences I’ve had in the last couple of years have been unbelievable.

“I was in and around the first team at Newcastle, coming off the bench at times, but I knew I needed first team football.

“I thought it was time to get some games and it was brave to do. It’s not something you see a lot of young kids do these days, but I took the step and it’s worked out really well for me," he added when looking back on his time with Coventry, where he played under Tony Mowbray.

“You need people around you who talk to you, your family and friends. I had that and that pushed me on, living away from home. I really enjoyed it and wanted to do it again and again.

“I didn’t want to be sitting in the stands every week. I wanted to play and had the opportunity to do it at 17."

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