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Dack eyes Premier League prize

“I want to test myself at the next level and I’m really hopeful that that can be with Rovers because I believe that we have a squad which is capable of getting in that top six this season"

21 September 2019

“I want to test myself at the next level and I’m really hopeful that that can be with Rovers because I believe that we have a squad which is capable of getting in that top six this season."

That's the message from Bradley Dack, who is eager to earn a second promotion with Rovers in the near future.

The 25-year-old helped haul the club back into the second tier in his first season at Ewood Park, before stepping up to the Championship with relative ease in 2018-19.

He's set to appear for the 100th time in blue-and-white later today against Reading, and says he's grown as a player and a person since making the move north in the summer of 2017.

“I’m a very different person to the one that first walked through the door, I’ve matured and grown up as a man," he admitted to iFollow Rovers.

“I’ll always have a laugh and a joke, but I’ve grown up since leaving home, and it’s gone well for me.

“At that time in my life, to begin toing stuff for myself and growing up, it’s helped me.

“When I look back at the start of my career, I was always getting booked and getting sent off, but since I’ve come here it’s toned right down. I think I was only booked once last season, which I judge as a positive.

“I hope there’s a lot more to come. I know I need to get better with things and I think that can only benefit Rovers, me and the team.

“I always have to set targets and this season’s target is to perform better than I have over the last couple of years.

“Whether it’s goals, assists or performances on a personal level, I want to improve on that.

“I think every player who hasn’t played in the Premier League wants to play at that level. It’s the same for me and is a burning desire of mine.

“I want to test myself at the next level and I’m really hopeful that that can be with Rovers because I believe that we have a squad which is capable of getting in that top six this season.

“I’ve thought about playing in the Premier League with Rovers, but we’ve spoken about winning the play-off Final on penalties," he added with a smile.

“That’s the best way to go up, but on the other hand you do think about playing 49 games and losing, which must be tough to go again after three weeks off.

“We’ve pictured the perfect scenario but we’ll have to see.

“I 100% believe we can do it. There’s no doubt in my mind that we have a squad good enough to get into that top six.

“We’ve built the squad this summer and I believe we’re in a much stronger position than we were a year ago.

“We have a lot more Championship experience now, which can only benefit us. I like the way the gaffer wants us to play as it suits me and the players we have in the squad," he said.

“We’re definitely going in a good direction and we have an opportunity to go on a bit of a run before the next international break. After that we’ll see where we are."


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