Date: 19th July 2017 at 12:39pm
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Paul Caddis’ hopes of claiming a Blackburn deal were helped when he scored twice in Rovers’ 8-0 win at York on Wednesday.

Caddis has now spent the past three weeks with Blackburn, joining the club in Austria last week, and Tony Mowbray, his boss at Celtic earlier in his career, is close to making his decision.

Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph he’s never had any doubts over Caddis’ ability but he wanted to make sure the full back, a free agent after leaving Bury at the end of his deal with the League One side, was up to scratch in terms of fitness.

‘I have always know that Caddy is a good player since I had him as a kid at Celtic. I had no fears, I have seen him play for Birmingham City for a good number of years, I just needed to see his fitness levels were right.’

Caddis, 29, has worked hard to improve his fitness, having let it slip, working ‘extremely hard’ during pre-season with a decision to be made short.

Mowbray said: ‘He had let them slip a little bit, he’s done a lot of work behind the scenes, running and extra work, and part of our club that comes in at 8am every morning to do some fat burning work on top of the football stuff that the rest of the group are doing.’

Adding: ‘Caddy has worked extremely hard and we will see what decision we make over the next couple of days.’

The former Scotland international would add competition, along with an experienced alternative option, to young right back Ryan Nyambe.

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