Date: 19th June 2016 at 9:13am
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Anthony Stokes has said he was ‘delighted’ to put pen to paper on a three-year contract with Blackburn.

Following his release by Celtic offers from the UK and overseas came in for Stokes, who scored a brace in his final loan appearance for Hibernian against Rangers, but Blackburn appealed.

His ‘good chat’ with Owen Coyle swayed him with him telling rovers.co.uk he can’t wait to get going.

‘I`m delighted. I had a good chat with the gaffer during the week and was very impressed with him. He had only positive things to say about me and I`m just looking forward to bedding in, getting a good pre-season under my belt and just looking forward to the start of the season.’

The 27-year-old added that a boss who ‘believes in him’ will help as will a good pre-season ‘under his belt.’

He finished by saying the chat he had with Coyle impressed him with him having a feeling about this being the right move with the set up also selling the club.

‘I get a feeling for moves a lot of the time and there were different options available, but this time round this seemed like the right move for me. The facilities here, the stadium, it`s a top class setup and that was one of the reasons as well, because you want to go into an environment where you can get the best out of yourself and I genuinely believe that I can do that here.’

Coyle himself believes the addition of a man who scored 77-goals in 192-matches during his trophy rich six-year stay in Celtic makes him quite a coup for Blackburn.

The Rovers boss, also speaking to rovers.co.uk, feels he’s coming into his prime.

‘I am absolutely delighted to get Anthony Stokes on board. He had a number of suitors and we had to beat off a lot of competition from some big clubs for his signature. This is a boy who is a proven goalscorer, he`s a had a terrific career at a very high level and we`ve got him at a very good age. At 27, I think he`s coming into his prime. He`s coming here hungry and motivated to do well, to continue to his improvement, to score goals and to help Blackburn Rovers be an exciting team.’

The Republic of Ireland internationals arrival is something Coyle hopes gives ‘all of the Rovers fans a lift’ with his also showing ‘we’re trying to get goalscorers and exciting players’ to arrive.

Attacking wise this is the first of the players the boss wants to bring in but finished by himself saying ‘we’ve obviously not finished’ yet.

‘Anthony is the first part of that and we`ll continue to look to improve that department, but I think it`s a very good signing for the football club.’

I think it’s fair to say this isn’t a bad start signings wise is it? I’d think better than anticipated perhaps?

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