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    owd nick wrote:
    Welsh Rover wrote:
    I've seen, on social media, United's acquisition of Di Maria and Falcao being described as giving someone with a heart condition new t!ts. It may look nice but it wasn't what was needed. Thankfully for us, Bowyer has identified our weaknesses and brought in the type of players to strengthen the team.

    Now, I like Hanley, I think his passion is unmatched by anybody else in the squad, apart from Dunn perhaps. However, he makes far too many rash challenges which often result in the team conceding. I think he needs to be dropped for a few games, just so he can watch players like Kilgallon, Baptiste and Duffy and see how composed they are.

    Aside from Varney, (the jury's still out on him), I think we've had quite a successful transfer window. Pope would've been a good addition but there's still a loan window coming up so who knows.

    As for the ridiculous comments with regards to Keane, a move to a Premier League club was always going to be preferential for all parties concerned. Just for the record though, we didn't go back in for him as United were waiting to get another defender in but we couldn't take that risk. Keane being allowed to leave once Blind was signed confirms this. We've probably come out of it better off as we've got a permanent signing and a more experienced player.

    Good work.

    Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!
    Totally agree, we kept all our best players and brought three new faces in.

    As I said on another thread GB appears to look at what he has and every transfer window so far has brought in three or four new pieces to fit in the jigsaw.

    We will soon find out if they fit, the omens from the last two windows are pretty good that they will.

    I am not to concerned about O'Connell going out on loan again, Keith Hill is a pretty switched on guy and will give him a good grounding which won't do him any harm whatsoever, pretty certain he has a future at Ewood.

    I also suspect that several current fringe players will be going out on loan once the window opens, the core of the squad GB wants is taking shape, it takes two or three years to do that sort of thing under normal circumstances.
    I think we will see the Dale results pick up significantly now and I agree there is no better place for an upcoming young Rover. The number of ex Daleys gracing the top two flights is out of all proportion to their size. I am also looking for Duffy to be the big effective stopper we need.
    Quicker we get that Wolves shocker out of our system the better."
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Blackburn Rovers bring in deadline day trio

Jason Steele has joined Rovers on loan from Middlesbrough

Jason Steele has joined Rovers on loan from Middlesbrough

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Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

BLACKBURN Rovers made three signings and let one player leave on a busy final day of the summer transfer window at Ewood Park.

After completing the permanent capture of Everton centre-back Shane Duffy on a three-year contract Rovers swooped for Fulham midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe and Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele on season-long loans in the final 90 minutes of the window late last night.


But Jack O’Connell left the club after he re-signed for League One outfit Rochdale on loan until January 3.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer did attempt to make a fourth addition to his squad.

But Bowyer - who was linked with Port Vale striker Tom Pope - was unable to get his man.

Former England U21s international Steele, who was part of Great Britain’s squad at the 2012 London Olympic Games, will challenge Paul Robinson for the number one jersey at Rovers.

The 24-year-old was linked with big money moves to Liverpool and Arsenal earlier in his career.

But after undergoing surgery in November, the 6ft 2in Steele has made just start under new boss Aitor Karanka and has found himself third in the pecking order behind the under-fire Tomas Mejias and Dimi Konstantopoulos – a decision that has not gone down well with Boro supporters.

Tunnicliffe also found himself out of favour at Fulham after making a January move from then Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The 21-year-old started his first two games for the Cottagers.

But he was deemed surplus to requirement by Felix Magath after he took over from Rene Meulensteen and was sent out on loan to Wigan Athletic.

The former England U17s international, who worked with Meulensteen at United, had a more successful loan spell at Ipswich Town earlier in his career.

And it is believed Rovers beat the Tractor Boys to his signature.

Bowyer’s move for Duffy, 22, meant centre-back O’Connell, 20, was given the green light to rejoin Rochdale with who he helped win promotion from League Two last season.

Rochdale boss, and former Rovers defender, Keith Hill said: “Blackburn had one or two injuries, so it took a little bit longer than expected, but I’ve been patient with it.

“I was constantly looking at the press to see who Blackburn were being linked with and to see if it was a central defender. Obviously they got Shane Duffy, which allowed us to recruit Jack on loan.

“I know there were other clubs desperate to sign Jack but he wanted to come back to Rochdale if he wasn’t to be a first team regular for Blackburn.

“I think he found a footballing home here last season.

“Jack, for me, was worth the hard work and the patience because I like him so much as a player and as a person. I’m really pleased to have recruited him.” It is believed Rovers yesterday attempted to move on at least two more players.

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