Date: 2nd September 2017 at 11:47am
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Tony Mowbray was looking to sign two, ideally three, players on transfer deadline day so the Blackburn boss wasn’t disappointed with the business conducted on Thursday.

Rovers did indeed sign three players as Rekeem Harper and Paul Downing came to Ewood Park on season-long loan deals from West Brom and MK Dons, respectively. Meanwhile, Sam Hart was signed on a permanent two year deal from Liverpool.

However, we did of course see a departure too as Liam Feeney was allowed to join Championship leaders Cardiff on loan until January.

Mowbray, despite the hectic nature of deadline day, the fact it was a long day too, was delighted with how this went and is now looking forward to working with those he has after the summer transfer window closed.

He told the Official Website: ‘It was a long day. But it is always the same, it is exciting. We had a spell of two or three hours where it was extremely hectic, dealing with lots of agents at the same time, trying to put players in different rooms and trying to get the deals finished. Here we are, we’ve signed a few players, we’ve let one move on, and now the window is shut and we’ll get on with it.’

Adding: ‘I think we’ve got some good experienced footballers who are important players for our squad. I work with them every day and I think they are going to come up trumps for us this year. But I do feel as if we also needed to add some fresh, youthful, energetic, athletic footballers around the building as well.’

The boss is happy with all of the business Blackburn have done during the summer but has spoken specifically about the arrivals of Hart and Downing on Thursday, which he feels certainly adds strength in two areas that needed this.

Mowbray said: ‘We’ve added competition in areas where we needed to add competition. We’ve added a left back in Sam Hart, we’ve added a centre-half in Paul Downing. They are young players, but players who are very very keen to try and force their way into this fantastic club’s first team.’

Blackburn could field these new additions for the first time against Rochdale next weekend when Rovers return to action at Spotland after the international break.

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