Date: 25th July 2017 at 7:49am
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Dominic Samuel worked with Tony Mowbray before so the Blackburn boss knows a fair amount about the former Reading forward.

Having secured Samuel last week Mowbray feels the potential shown when they worked together at Coventry now has to be shown regularly following loans with the likes of Gillingham and Ipswich too.

Mowbray told the Official Website: ‘It’s time for him to show that now. He’s had a few loan deals. He finished the season last year at Ipswich Town. He’d obviously been to Coventry, he’d been to Gillingham, so he played with Bradley (Dack) and they combined very well.’

Without wishing to put too much pressure on Samuel, 23, Mowbray went on to say he feels Blackburn have signed a ‘raw’ player that isn’t yet the finished article but can be polished into it at Ewood Park.

‘I don’t think that we’re buying the finished article. I think we’re buying a young guy with raw attributes that we’re going to try and polish into a more finished product. I say that not to put pressure on him that he has to come and bang in 20 goals this season, I say that because I think he has the ability to do that, and yet there’s lots of improvement in him and we’ve got to try and get the best out of him.’

Adding: ‘He’s only 23, he’s got a long way to go. When I had him at Coventry, he was 20-21. He was just a boy really. He’ll be more mature now, hopefully he’ll be stronger and hopefully more hungry for goals, so let’s see how it goes.’

He certainly feels Samuel will be a different type of option to those he had available, albeit still fairly limited attacking wise, and remains pleased with the way the squad is now falling into place.

‘I’m looking forward to having him on board and looking forward to putting a different type of ammunition into our team. I think the team’s coming together, but I do feel to finish it off we need some speed and some athleticism at the top end of the pitch, which will hurt and damage the opposition at times. Dominic is a part of that and hopefully we’ll add some more as we go along.’

Meanwhile, another player to arrive last week was Paul Caddis.

Caddis, 29, spent pre-season with Blackburn and did enough to earn a two year deal, putting pen to paper on his contract following a brace in the 8-0 win over York City last week.

His attacking ability was seen at Bootham Crescent but the boss also told the Official Website his overall understanding of football had made the Scottish international another valuable addition to the squad.

‘I think he’s just an experienced footballer who understands and knows where to go, when to run forward, when to stand still, when to pass it, when to travel with the ball. I think he’s got a good understanding of football. A very important quality, which he brought the other night, is knowing when to get in the box, knowing when to cut inside,’ said Mowbray.

Adding: ‘He’s just a good footballer. I’m delighted that he’s here and I think he will continue to get fitter and stronger as he continues to work every day and I’m just pleased to have added him to the squad.’

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