Date: 23rd January 2016 at 1:54pm
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Danny Graham and Elliott Ward gave ‘everyone a lift’ when they were confirmed as new signings by Blackburn according to Paul Lambert, who of course made his moves to secure them for Rovers this week.

Graham, who enjoyed most success with Swansea, has come in on loan from Sunderland whereas Ward, who worked with Lambert at Norwich, has signed from Bournemouth permanently.

Following their arrivals the Blackburn boss told

‘It has certainly given everyone a lift, I think that was evident this morning in training. The two new lads coming in will certainly enhance that and if I can get one or two more in then I’ll try. They are two good players, I’m looking forward to them being here.’

Graham, who will see out his existing Sunderland contract with Blackburn with him staying at Ewood Park until the end of the current season with Lambert saying he’s ‘always liked’ him.

He also said he was always his ‘Achilles heel’ when at Norwich with him looking for him to regain that form for Rovers.

‘I’ve always liked Danny Graham, he was always my achilles heel at Norwich, he always scored against me for some reason. I think people forget that he was a massive goalscorer at Carlisle, Watford and Swansea. The only spell where he hasn’t scored is at Sunderland, and that can happen.’

Will it work out for him at Blackburn? He added he’s certainly hopeful of this as ‘certain clubs suit certain people’ and ‘certain things happen with the right manager’ all of which leaves Lambert more confident of this being the case with Graham.

Defensively a recruit was something Lambert always wanted, Blackburn could have opted to bring in a younger loanee but the decision was made to go with the proven experienced, and known to him (and his assistant) option of Ward.

‘We needed a centre half because of the injury to Shane Duffy. We spoke about it and thought if we go down the young route with a loan you’ve got to wait for them to hit the ground running. Wardy, I know can come in and do it, and Rob Kelly knew him from Forest as well.’

Lambert finished by saying he was ‘excellent for me at Norwich’ with his character being another bonus as he’ll fit in with those already at the club with him having ‘had promotions before, and he knows what it takes to get out of the league.’

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