Date: 29th January 2007 at 6:21pm
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Jay McEveley this evening completed his move away from Blackburn Rovers to sign for Derby County.

As expected the left-back, who can also play as a central defender (a position I think will ultimately be his best) has completed a move to Championship promotion candidates Derby for a fee of £600,000 plus add-ons, which I would assume could be sell-on clauses and possible extra payments should promotion be achieved? The 21-year-old Scottish under-21 International has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Pride Park leaving Rovers after several injury ravaged seasons.

Jay made his Rovers debut as a 17-year-old and is best remembered for his handling of David Beckham (when he very much was golden balls!) and seemed destined for big things at Ewood Park but the injuries he often encountered held back his progress with little football being played in the blue and white halves over the last few seasons with loan spells at Burnley, Ipswich Town and Gillingham also disturbed with injuries.

It is sad to see Jay leave but the arrival of Stephen Warnock from Liverpool last week would have left him still searching for regular first team football, something he will gain with Derby. With youngsters Andy Taylor and Martin Olsson adding back-up not to mention Michael Gray we seem well stocked in this department.

Good luck Jay, hopefully we’ll see you back at this level soon.

With the transfer window closing at midnight on Wednesday do you see anyone else leaving Ewood Park, or arriving for that matter? If so who and why? Leave your names and reasons below…

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10 Replies to “Jay McEveley No Longer a Rover”

  • Shame to see Jay go but we’ll be OK. I wish him well. As for who else might leave… Can still see Mickey Gray going and even though I think keeping him until the summer wouldn’t be bad Toddy. Neither will play much, if at all at a stage they would want to. Should this be the case think we’d be OK without them, Toddy worth keeping though.

  • Arriving would obviously be a midfielder to help fill Sav’s void. Still think Parlour (if he could be fit) wouldn’t be a bad stop gap. If we can’t get anyone though we will be able to cope with the Axe, the Maestro, Dunny and Bents I’m sure.

  • I’d be all for Taylor getting a chance if Warnock is being rested, played in a different role or (god forbid!) injured. Sparky is a fan of Taylor’s so probably knew he’d lose one before too long, the fact he’t let Jay go to me suggests Taylor was his prefered man long term?

  • it’s good money for a player that has suffered from serious injury and didnt really get into the team, im surprised he left at this stage as he seemed to be getting a run but Hughes generally knows wot he’s up too, must mean that Taylor is just better. Best of luck to Jay though he’s a cracker player and will do really well at Derby

  • it does seem that Rovers have signed that Swiis left back that was loan, maybe this has somrthing to do with Jay leaving, as this would have pushed him back further

  • We found someone to take Dom Matteo so I’m sure we can find someone to take Mickey Gray? Berner’s arrivial explains why Sparky let Jay go, he’s ALWAYS got something in mind if he lets people go hasn’t he and rarely lets us down so we have to believe this is in the clubs best interests.

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