Date: 19th July 2017 at 5:55pm
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Blackburn have completed the signing of Reading’s Dominic Samuel.

The forward, who previously played for Tony Mowbray during a loan at Coventry, has joined Rovers on a three year deal.

A statement on the Official Website read: ‘Rovers are delighted to secure the signing of highly-rated Reading striker Dominic Samuel for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old, who scored against Rovers at Ewood Park last season, joins on a three-year deal through to June 2020.’

During his time at Coventry the forward, also loaned to Colchester, Dagenham & Redbridge and Gillingham, ending last season at Ipswich, scored six goals.

In total he made 11 Championship appearances for Reading and scored goals, one, as was recalled by the club upon his signing, came against Blackburn last season.

His most successful loan spell came at Gillingham where he played alongside his new Rovers teammate Bradley Dack, scoring seven goals in 25 appearances as the Gills went close to the League One play-offs and Dack was named the Player of the Year in 2016.

Samuel told the Official Website he was happy to get the deal done and hopes to help Blackburn make an instant Championship return.

‘I’m glad it is all settled and I’m happy to be a Rovers player. It is a big club. It is a club that shouldn’t be in League One and hopefully after this year we can bounce back straight into the Championship.’

He went on to say working with Mowbray previously was a ‘really big factor’ in his decision to come to Blackburn, along with the clubs’ stature, so as soon as Rovers interested was declared Samuel was ‘restless’ whilst waiting for it to go through.

‘I worked with the gaffer a few years ago and I bonded with him really well, so I thought it was the right move for me. He was a really big factor. I played my best football under him, so it was a no brainer to come here. The fact that it is Blackburn Rovers as well, such a big club, I’m really looking forward to it.’

Adding: ‘As soon as I knew Blackburn were interested I was restless at home. I just wanted to get the deal done and get going with such a great club.’

Samuel, 23, becomes the fifth arrival after Peter Whittingham, Richie Smallwood, Dack and Ben Gladwin.

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