Date: 5th August 2017 at 8:06am
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On Friday, the eve of the League One season, which of course starts at Southend this afternoon, Blackburn secured the loan signing of Middlesbrough’s Harry Chapman.

Chapman, a member of England’s U20 World Cup winning squad in South Korea in June, has come to Ewood on a season-long deal.

The forward, having helped Barnsley via the play-offs and Sheffield United as champions, has secured promotion from League One in each of the past two seasons so Chapman, 19, will be looking to complete his hat trick with Rovers.

Aware of this unprecedented potential triple, Chapman’s hopeful of achieving this at a club he’s aware shouldn’t – not that anyone has a right to anything – be at this level.

Chapman told the Official Website: ‘It’s a massive club. They shouldn’t be in this league, they need to get back to where they belong, up the top, and I’m here to help out and I can’t wait to get started. It would be unbelievable if I can do three out of three and with the squad we’ve got here I don’t see why we can’t.’

Despite the fact he’s only 19 the forward does have previous with Tony Mowbray from the time they spent together at the Riverside Stadium when the Blackburn boss was in charge at Middlesbrough.

He went on to say working with him was a major factor behind the decision.

Asked about the importance of Mowbray’s presence at Ewood, Chapman said: ‘Just the manager. He’s really good. When I was in the Academy at Middlesbrough he was obviously there and I’ve talked to the lads who are still there and they’ve all persuaded me, saying he’s really good, he’ll get the best out of you and that’s what I need.’

Adding: ‘He has five key points – we press the ball when we lose it high, we counter-attack, we stop counter-attacks, we control the game and we keep the ball on the floor – which is all what I enjoy football-wise, so it was good to hear.’

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