Date: 31st July 2017 at 8:49pm
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Without the departure of Jason Steele to Sunderland, obviously meaning Blackburn need a new goalkeeper, Tony Mowbray planned to add to the Rovers squad ahead of the new campaign.

Steele’s sale was made with Blackburn’s best interest in mind as Mowbray’s told the Official Website he’ll aim to bring a few players with ‘deals quite close’, of course a keeper among them.

‘We’re trying to add a few footballers and hopefully there’s a few deals quite close – a goalkeeper being one of them. I tried to explain after the Grimsby game the reasons for making that sale really – to try and strengthen the group.’

Another of the things the defeat at Carlisle highlighted for the boss was the fact Blackburn are ‘very thin’ if three or four are missing.

He said: ‘As you can see, with three or four missing, it left us very thin with the substitutions. We had a lot of kids on the bench just in case we had injuries. Our intention was to try and give most of the players 90 minutes, but it just highlighted to me, with three or four senior players not here, how thin we are still and we do need to add some numbers.’

Given the confidence Mowbray has in David Raya, a keeper with much talent and future ability, the boss wouldn’t be worried about using the shot-stopper but bringing in another to cover him and compete with him is the aim.

‘I think David Raya finished the season extremely strongly last year. I think he’s a very talented young guy. I think he needs an opportunity and we’ll aim to give him one, but we also need to create some competition for him as well,’ added Mowbray. Let’s see what this next week brings. We’re working hard behind the scenes and hopefully there’s some news before the season kicks off and we’ve got some new additions to the group.’

Meanwhile, one of those to arrive already this summer is Bradley Dack.

The former Gillingham midfielder has already made an impact on Danny Graham who told the Official Website his quality was evident as soon as arrived at Ewood Park.

Graham said he’s confident Dack can score the goals and assist others, which he did at Gillingham.

‘You could see his quality from day one when he walked through the door. He’s been superb, as have the other lads. I think we have made some very good signings which is pleasing. It adds a bit of competition throughout the squad, I know we are a bit short on the forward area at the minute but I’m sure the gaffer is looking to improve on that.

Adding: ‘I think he is going to be a big player. He did ever so well for Gillingham, he scored a lot of goals and made a lot of assists. We seem to have a good bond already and hopefully we can work on that.’

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