Date: 2nd July 2015 at 8:56am
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Darragh Lenihan has signed a new one-year contract with Blackburn Rovers that’ll take him through until the end of the season.

I’m slightly surprised that we’ve only agreed to a one-year deal with The Republic of Ireland Under-21 International though as I’d have thought the twenty-one-year-old was worthy of something longer?? Unless this was all that both parties wanted at this stage, with the contract talks taking some time!!

Lenihan was recalled from a successful loan with Burton Albion last season but (surprisingly) had to wait until he came on in a 2-0 win over Millwall at Ewood Park for his debut, however, he did start the final two matches of The Championship season against Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town with a regular place in Gary Bowyer’s side now being targeted.

He told The Official Website: “It’s taken a while, but I’m very pleased to get my contract signed and sealed, and I’m looking forward to the season ahead.

“It’s a massive season for me. For playing games and to make the break into the first team, I think this is the main season for me. I just need to work hard in pre-season and see where it takes me. If I do well in training, then hopefully the manager will pick me.

Having captained his country at Under-21 level this summer Lenihan (who joined Rovers from Belvedere FC in the summer of 2011) would be expected to make regular inroads into the first team as if he didn’t as a twenty-one-year-old it’ll never happen for him at Ewood will it??

This is something he feels he will manage as he proves himself worthy to the club and supporters’ that have backed him over the years.

Adding: “This is my fifth season and I feel ready to make myself an established player here.

“The fans have been great over the past few years and I’ve experienced some tough times, but now I’m ready to put those times behind me and put the good times ahead.

I’m one of those that backs the use of the younger players such as Lenihan and feel we’ll see plenty of him in defence or midfield this season and he’ll have a good season too, which I’d then expect to see this new contract rapidly improved into a longer deal.

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