Date: 9th October 2016 at 11:27am
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Shane Duffy enjoyed a successful spell with Blackburn (all things considered) but the final throws of his Rovers career didn’t go the way anyone would have wanted before he joined Brighton.

His performances for Blackburn last season saw him not only force his way into the Republic of Ireland squad that went to Euro 2016 he found himself in the starting XI in France as well, although he did suffer a sending off against the hosts when they went out.

Duffy’s start to this season with Blackburn wasn’t so good though with it a ‘mixed bag’ you could say with him scoring three own goals in two-matches as well as being sent off against Cardiff – he did score in a League Cup win over Crewe though after his return from suspension with his time at Ewood Park ending three-days later.

Reflecting on that period he’s quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph, from international duty, as saying.

‘It`s hard to explain because I`m a proud person so obviously I`m not going to go out and score a couple of own goals. It was one of those where you`re thinking, ‘where do I look next?` But I had people around me, family. I tried to do my best and I wouldn`t wish it on anyone.’

He moved on from that though and has impressed at his new club since making his £4.5m move to Brighton in August.

Leaving Blackburn wasn’t the easiest of decisions for him to make but with the 24-year-old defender wanted to better himself this was a good move forward for him joining a Brighton side who would be expected to challenge for promotion and not battle against relegation as we are, he added.

‘I enjoyed my time there at Blackburn, the way it ended wasn`t the way I wanted it to end. It`s a great club and I haven`t a bad word to say about them but my circumstances changed and so did the club`s. I obviously wanted to better myself and go as high as I can. That`s the only reason I wanted to leave in the end.’

It’s a shame Duffy’s spell at Ewood ended the way it did but his time with Blackburn will be fondly recalled all things considered wouldn’t it?

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