Date: 2nd September 2014 at 9:27am
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Blackburn Rovers have Officially confirmed the signings of Jason Steele and Ryan Tunnicliffe on season long loan deals.

As the Summer Transfer Window closed I was able to put up an article for the VBers about these reported loan signings (Tunnicliffe was Officially confirmed by Fulham) but as the time of writing what I had Rovers hadn’t Officially confirmed this. (Which by the time I’d actually published they had but I had to get off to bed for my beauty sleep!!)

Steele is a twenty-four-year-old goalkeeper who has joined us on loan from Middlesbrough in what was a real surprising move really don’t you think?? It proves that Gary Bowyer still has some reservations about our goalkeepers and will mean one of Simon Eastwood and Jake Kean (maybe even both??) are likely to head out on loan when the Emergency Loan Window opens next week.

Paul Robinson should remain as the number one but Steele would’ve come to Ewood Park for first-team football (he was Boro’s number one until the start of this season) so if he gets his chance he’ll be eager to take this.

Rovers also beat the deadline to sign Fulham’s twenty-one-year-old former Manchester United midfielder Tunnicliffe, described as a box to box midfielder.

He told The Official Website: “I can’t wait to get started.

“First and foremost it is a massive club, a club that belongs in the Premier League, so I’m looking forward to getting back playing and obviously the target is to get the club back up there.

It’ll be interesting to see where Tunnicliffe fits into Bowyer’s plans at Ewood?? It doesn’t look as though he fits into Felix Magath’s at Craven Cottage with him unfortunate that a change of Manager’s shortly after his signing worked against him. If he performs (if and when he gets a chance) then could join Shane Duffy (maybe Steele as well) in earning a permanent deal with us.

Perhaps not the greatest of Transfer Deadline Days in the history of this Football Club (and we could’ve done with more) but we are what we are and where we are so I still think it was a productive day at Ewood, most importantly we managed to keep all of our man players and now know we’ll have these until January at least!!

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