Blackburn Rovers new boy Shane Duffy determined to make his mark

Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy

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BLACKBURN Rovers new boy Shane Duffy was a raw teenager the last time he plied his trade in East Lancashire.

But the strapping 6ft 4in centre back returns to the area battle hardened and ready to hit the ground running after a season in the Championship.

Duffy, who yesterday completed his transfer to Rovers from Everton, spent the vast majority of the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Yeovil Town.

The 22-year-old was unable to stop the Glovers from suffering an instant relegation back to League One.

But his performances at Huish Park impressed Rovers boss and long-term admirer Gary Bowyer enough to make him the first player he has signed for a fee this summer.

Duffy has arrived at Ewood Park for an initial fee believed to be in the region of £400,000-£500,000.

And in putting pen to paper on a three-year contract he has brought an end to his six-year association with Everton.

It was during his formative years at the Premier League outfit in which Duffy spent a short one-match spell on loan at Rovers’ rivals Burnley at the back end of the 2010-11 campaign.

“It was my first ever loan spell, I was only young and inexperienced. I was a raw 18-year-old,” remembers Duffy, who made his international debut in June.

“I only played one game at the end of the season and there was a lot of pressure on Eddie Howe at the time and he went back to experience.

“I was young and it wasn’t such a successful time but hopefully this will be better.”

Duffy was sent out on further, more successful, loan spells at Scunthorpe United and then Yeovil, to gain more experience.

“I was raw at the time so I needed to go down the levels and learn the game,” said Duffy, who played 39 times for the Glovers last season including in both of their league clashes with Rovers.

“There was only so much I could do at Everton and going down to those clubs – which were a lot different from this club and Everton – was a totally new experience. It was a good test of me to see if I could do it.

“I took it in my stride, thrived off and enjoyed it.”

So much so that it led Duffy, who made 10 first-team appearances for Everton, to leaving Goodison Park permanently despite manager Roberto Martinez’s insistence he could stay and fight for his place with England internationals Phil Jagielka and John Stones.

“It was a difficult decision, Everton brought me up and I have to thank them a lot as they’ve done so much for me, but it’s the time in my career when I’ve got to play football – and that’s what I plan on doing here,” said Duffy, whose first became aware of Bowyer’s interest in the summer.

“It’s a decision I had to make. I could have stayed at Everton and waited more but I could have got to an age where I’d not had many games under my belt. But it’s done and I’m delighted it’s done.

“Everton were so good to me, the manager was so good to me, but it was his decision that he probably had better players and more experienced players and sometimes you have to take that on the chin and think about yourself more than the club. That’s what I’ve done.”

Rovers return to action on Saturday week at home to Wigan Athletic.

And Duffy, who watched Bowyer’s side in their 3-1 defeat at Wolves at the weekend, said: “I’m ready. I’ve done my pre-season with Everton and had some tough games.

“I feel sharp and, after a week of training with the lads, hopefully I can try and get in the team.”

 

Shane Duffy factfile

  • Came through Everton’s youth academy making five appearances for the Toffees
  • His first move away from Goodison Park was to Burnley where he played one game during a loan spell at Turf Moor in 2011
  • Had further loan spells with Scunthorpe and Yeovil Town
  • Initially represented Northern Ireland at youth level before switching to the Republic of Ireland. He has one full cap.

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1:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

SimonGarner'sNameSake says...

Good luck to the lad. Good young defender. Good signing
Good luck to the lad. Good young defender. Good signing SimonGarner'sNameSake
  • Score: 21

1:14pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Dublin Claret says...

I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.
I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season. Dublin Claret
  • Score: -16

1:32pm Tue 2 Sep 14

greenscreener says...

Dublin Claret wrote:
I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.
Was Danny Ings at the other end ?
[quote][p][bold]Dublin Claret[/bold] wrote: I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.[/p][/quote]Was Danny Ings at the other end ? greenscreener
  • Score: 10

1:34pm Tue 2 Sep 14

greenscreener says...

greenscreener wrote:
Dublin Claret wrote:
I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.
Was Danny Ings at the other end ?
Or was it Bazzer ?
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dublin Claret[/bold] wrote: I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.[/p][/quote]Was Danny Ings at the other end ?[/p][/quote]Or was it Bazzer ? greenscreener
  • Score: 7

1:44pm Tue 2 Sep 14

LittleRonnieHildersley says...

Dublin Claret wrote:
I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.
and yet another Burnley fan who just can't keep off rovers pages, what's happening at your club? who cares?

Think this is a good signing, really think it's time to drop Hanley - want to see him paired up with Killa or Baptiste. Feel like the three signings are potentially spot on - we need to tighten up at the back and in midfielder - lets hope it will gel quickly - otherwise at best we'll be hoping for playoffs.
[quote][p][bold]Dublin Claret[/bold] wrote: I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.[/p][/quote]and yet another Burnley fan who just can't keep off rovers pages, what's happening at your club? who cares? Think this is a good signing, really think it's time to drop Hanley - want to see him paired up with Killa or Baptiste. Feel like the three signings are potentially spot on - we need to tighten up at the back and in midfielder - lets hope it will gel quickly - otherwise at best we'll be hoping for playoffs. LittleRonnieHildersley
  • Score: 17

1:48pm Tue 2 Sep 14

bburnrover says...

Good luck to him hope he is a commanding figure in our penalty area.We definately need one.
Good luck to him hope he is a commanding figure in our penalty area.We definately need one. bburnrover
  • Score: 16

1:55pm Tue 2 Sep 14

McClaret says...

LittleRonnieHildersl
ey
wrote:
Dublin Claret wrote:
I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.
and yet another Burnley fan who just can't keep off rovers pages, what's happening at your club? who cares?

Think this is a good signing, really think it's time to drop Hanley - want to see him paired up with Killa or Baptiste. Feel like the three signings are potentially spot on - we need to tighten up at the back and in midfielder - lets hope it will gel quickly - otherwise at best we'll be hoping for playoffs.
I admire your optimism.
[quote][p][bold]LittleRonnieHildersl ey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dublin Claret[/bold] wrote: I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.[/p][/quote]and yet another Burnley fan who just can't keep off rovers pages, what's happening at your club? who cares? Think this is a good signing, really think it's time to drop Hanley - want to see him paired up with Killa or Baptiste. Feel like the three signings are potentially spot on - we need to tighten up at the back and in midfielder - lets hope it will gel quickly - otherwise at best we'll be hoping for playoffs.[/p][/quote]I admire your optimism. McClaret
  • Score: -5

2:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Its Only a game boy says...

bburnrover wrote:
Good luck to him hope he is a commanding figure in our penalty area.We definately need one.
He's a BURNLEY reject that only managed 1 game during his time there.....he got Yeovil relegated with his inept defending - word is he is planning to do the same with the b....ds.......hahaha
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Good luck to him hope he is a commanding figure in our penalty area.We definately need one.[/p][/quote]He's a BURNLEY reject that only managed 1 game during his time there.....he got Yeovil relegated with his inept defending - word is he is planning to do the same with the b....ds.......hahaha Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -16

3:02pm Tue 2 Sep 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Another terrible signing from Bowyer.

In what Universe are Steele, Duffy and Tunnicliffe(?) going to lead a Blackburn Rovers team that throughout the whole of last season failed to climb any higher than eighth place to promotion?

We will soon be looking over our shoulders. Wigan up next, then Derby, Fulham and Watford. Oh dear.

7 points from 5 games is abysmal. Do we really believe that this team will take 13 points from the next 5 games to give us the minimum requirement of 20 points from the opening 10 games? We've already lost 2 games out of 5, Burnley only lost a total of 5 games out of 46 last season, thats the benchmark and we are light years away.

Bowyer OUT!
Another terrible signing from Bowyer. In what Universe are Steele, Duffy and Tunnicliffe(?) going to lead a Blackburn Rovers team that throughout the whole of last season failed to climb any higher than eighth place to promotion? We will soon be looking over our shoulders. Wigan up next, then Derby, Fulham and Watford. Oh dear. 7 points from 5 games is abysmal. Do we really believe that this team will take 13 points from the next 5 games to give us the minimum requirement of 20 points from the opening 10 games? We've already lost 2 games out of 5, Burnley only lost a total of 5 games out of 46 last season, thats the benchmark and we are light years away. Bowyer OUT! TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -7

4:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Dublin rover says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Another terrible signing from Bowyer.

In what Universe are Steele, Duffy and Tunnicliffe(?) going to lead a Blackburn Rovers team that throughout the whole of last season failed to climb any higher than eighth place to promotion?

We will soon be looking over our shoulders. Wigan up next, then Derby, Fulham and Watford. Oh dear.

7 points from 5 games is abysmal. Do we really believe that this team will take 13 points from the next 5 games to give us the minimum requirement of 20 points from the opening 10 games? We've already lost 2 games out of 5, Burnley only lost a total of 5 games out of 46 last season, thats the benchmark and we are light years away.

Bowyer OUT!
same old **** so
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Another terrible signing from Bowyer. In what Universe are Steele, Duffy and Tunnicliffe(?) going to lead a Blackburn Rovers team that throughout the whole of last season failed to climb any higher than eighth place to promotion? We will soon be looking over our shoulders. Wigan up next, then Derby, Fulham and Watford. Oh dear. 7 points from 5 games is abysmal. Do we really believe that this team will take 13 points from the next 5 games to give us the minimum requirement of 20 points from the opening 10 games? We've already lost 2 games out of 5, Burnley only lost a total of 5 games out of 46 last season, thats the benchmark and we are light years away. Bowyer OUT![/p][/quote]same old **** so Dublin rover
  • Score: 7

5:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Mr Ted Maul says...

Good young defender, did very well last season considering he was in a poor side. Will GB drop Hanley though? Baptiste is the form CB at the mo.

On a seperate note...Perhaps Turfmoor Tom could tell us where he sits at Ewood seeing as he's such a massive Rovers fan.

I'm sure a few of us would like to catch up with him "for a chat" on the next match day.

Come on princess, what are you scared of? Lol.
Good young defender, did very well last season considering he was in a poor side. Will GB drop Hanley though? Baptiste is the form CB at the mo. On a seperate note...Perhaps Turfmoor Tom could tell us where he sits at Ewood seeing as he's such a massive Rovers fan. I'm sure a few of us would like to catch up with him "for a chat" on the next match day. Come on princess, what are you scared of? Lol. Mr Ted Maul
  • Score: 10

5:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

owd nick says...

LittleRonnieHildersl
ey
wrote:
Dublin Claret wrote:
I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.
and yet another Burnley fan who just can't keep off rovers pages, what's happening at your club? who cares?

Think this is a good signing, really think it's time to drop Hanley - want to see him paired up with Killa or Baptiste. Feel like the three signings are potentially spot on - we need to tighten up at the back and in midfielder - lets hope it will gel quickly - otherwise at best we'll be hoping for playoffs.
Nowt wrong with the play offs Ronnie.
[quote][p][bold]LittleRonnieHildersl ey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dublin Claret[/bold] wrote: I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.[/p][/quote]and yet another Burnley fan who just can't keep off rovers pages, what's happening at your club? who cares? Think this is a good signing, really think it's time to drop Hanley - want to see him paired up with Killa or Baptiste. Feel like the three signings are potentially spot on - we need to tighten up at the back and in midfielder - lets hope it will gel quickly - otherwise at best we'll be hoping for playoffs.[/p][/quote]Nowt wrong with the play offs Ronnie. owd nick
  • Score: 3

6:08pm Tue 2 Sep 14

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

Mr Ted Maul wrote:
Good young defender, did very well last season considering he was in a poor side. Will GB drop Hanley though? Baptiste is the form CB at the mo.

On a seperate note...Perhaps Turfmoor Tom could tell us where he sits at Ewood seeing as he's such a massive Rovers fan.

I'm sure a few of us would like to catch up with him "for a chat" on the next match day.

Come on princess, what are you scared of? Lol.
TMT/Claretcert/Super Claret/Tall in the Saddle/steralc - would be torn to pieces.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Ted Maul[/bold] wrote: Good young defender, did very well last season considering he was in a poor side. Will GB drop Hanley though? Baptiste is the form CB at the mo. On a seperate note...Perhaps Turfmoor Tom could tell us where he sits at Ewood seeing as he's such a massive Rovers fan. I'm sure a few of us would like to catch up with him "for a chat" on the next match day. Come on princess, what are you scared of? Lol.[/p][/quote]TMT/Claretcert/Super Claret/Tall in the Saddle/steralc - would be torn to pieces. BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions
  • Score: 4

6:11pm Tue 2 Sep 14

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

Yes, think this could be an excellent signing and sadly, I agree with those that think a game or two on the bench for Hanley watching the composure of Baptiste/Killa/Duffy would do him no harm. I've got a good feeling about this lad. I agree with those who say out signings have been good. Just what we wanted. Well done GB.
Yes, think this could be an excellent signing and sadly, I agree with those that think a game or two on the bench for Hanley watching the composure of Baptiste/Killa/Duffy would do him no harm. I've got a good feeling about this lad. I agree with those who say out signings have been good. Just what we wanted. Well done GB. BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions
  • Score: 5

6:46pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Harwoodstblue says...

LittleRonnieHildersl
ey
wrote:
Dublin Claret wrote:
I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.
and yet another Burnley fan who just can't keep off rovers pages, what's happening at your club? who cares?

Think this is a good signing, really think it's time to drop Hanley - want to see him paired up with Killa or Baptiste. Feel like the three signings are potentially spot on - we need to tighten up at the back and in midfielder - lets hope it will gel quickly - otherwise at best we'll be hoping for playoffs.
I can't understand why they are here either trying to take the micky. Have they forgotten they're rock bottom of the league.
That's not a p*** take, it's a fact...
You would think they would have other things on their minds. But as they say...simple minds...
[quote][p][bold]LittleRonnieHildersl ey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dublin Claret[/bold] wrote: I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.[/p][/quote]and yet another Burnley fan who just can't keep off rovers pages, what's happening at your club? who cares? Think this is a good signing, really think it's time to drop Hanley - want to see him paired up with Killa or Baptiste. Feel like the three signings are potentially spot on - we need to tighten up at the back and in midfielder - lets hope it will gel quickly - otherwise at best we'll be hoping for playoffs.[/p][/quote]I can't understand why they are here either trying to take the micky. Have they forgotten they're rock bottom of the league. That's not a p*** take, it's a fact... You would think they would have other things on their minds. But as they say...simple minds... Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 5

6:53pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Harwoodstblue says...

BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp
ions
wrote:
Yes, think this could be an excellent signing and sadly, I agree with those that think a game or two on the bench for Hanley watching the composure of Baptiste/Killa/Duffy would do him no harm. I've got a good feeling about this lad. I agree with those who say out signings have been good. Just what we wanted. Well done GB.
Just need to get them firing now and get the tactics right. We've got the personnel so they now need moulding into a team. Over to you GB...
[quote][p][bold]BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp ions[/bold] wrote: Yes, think this could be an excellent signing and sadly, I agree with those that think a game or two on the bench for Hanley watching the composure of Baptiste/Killa/Duffy would do him no harm. I've got a good feeling about this lad. I agree with those who say out signings have been good. Just what we wanted. Well done GB.[/p][/quote]Just need to get them firing now and get the tactics right. We've got the personnel so they now need moulding into a team. Over to you GB... Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 7

9:50pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Its Only a game boy says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
LittleRonnieHildersl

ey
wrote:
Dublin Claret wrote:
I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.
and yet another Burnley fan who just can't keep off rovers pages, what's happening at your club? who cares?

Think this is a good signing, really think it's time to drop Hanley - want to see him paired up with Killa or Baptiste. Feel like the three signings are potentially spot on - we need to tighten up at the back and in midfielder - lets hope it will gel quickly - otherwise at best we'll be hoping for playoffs.
I can't understand why they are here either trying to take the micky. Have they forgotten they're rock bottom of the league.
That's not a p*** take, it's a fact...
You would think they would have other things on their minds. But as they say...simple minds...
Simple managers play simple football with simple players watched by simple fans. Simply B.......ds
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LittleRonnieHildersl ey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dublin Claret[/bold] wrote: I think the poor lads still having nightmares about the roasting big Sam gave him down in yeovil last season.[/p][/quote]and yet another Burnley fan who just can't keep off rovers pages, what's happening at your club? who cares? Think this is a good signing, really think it's time to drop Hanley - want to see him paired up with Killa or Baptiste. Feel like the three signings are potentially spot on - we need to tighten up at the back and in midfielder - lets hope it will gel quickly - otherwise at best we'll be hoping for playoffs.[/p][/quote]I can't understand why they are here either trying to take the micky. Have they forgotten they're rock bottom of the league. That's not a p*** take, it's a fact... You would think they would have other things on their minds. But as they say...simple minds...[/p][/quote]Simple managers play simple football with simple players watched by simple fans. Simply B.......ds Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -2

10:06pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Still a Wild Rover says...

An awful lot of unjust criticism of Grant Hanley on here, well over the top
An awful lot of unjust criticism of Grant Hanley on here, well over the top Still a Wild Rover
  • Score: 4

10:48pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Still a Wild Rover wrote:
An awful lot of unjust criticism of Grant Hanley on here, well over the top
Absolutely right! Grant Hanley is a Scotland international and only gives away goals and penalties on very rare occasions. In fact, I can't really understand why GB thinks he needs another Centre Half with Hanley and Baptiste on such fine form and Kilgallon poised to return.
Still, if GB and yourself think Duffy is a good buy then that's certainly good enough for me.
[quote][p][bold]Still a Wild Rover[/bold] wrote: An awful lot of unjust criticism of Grant Hanley on here, well over the top[/p][/quote]Absolutely right! Grant Hanley is a Scotland international and only gives away goals and penalties on very rare occasions. In fact, I can't really understand why GB thinks he needs another Centre Half with Hanley and Baptiste on such fine form and Kilgallon poised to return. Still, if GB and yourself think Duffy is a good buy then that's certainly good enough for me. Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 0

11:53pm Tue 2 Sep 14

owd nick says...

Still a Wild Rover wrote:
An awful lot of unjust criticism of Grant Hanley on here, well over the top
Sorry Wild Rover but I honestly think he is struggling at the moment, again it isn't all his fault, at times being a Rovers defender is a little bit like Custer's Last Stand, you know there are reinforcements somewhere near but they are so far away and those pesky injun's just keep on coming, picking you off one by one.

He's young, fans forget how young he is, he's definitely talented but he's had something like 2 years of being the last line of defence and being saddled with the captaincy as well, when you are in that position you make mistakes and your confidence drains away.

We don't know what GB is going to do but he has to seriously consider giving the lad a rest before he breaks down completely.
[quote][p][bold]Still a Wild Rover[/bold] wrote: An awful lot of unjust criticism of Grant Hanley on here, well over the top[/p][/quote]Sorry Wild Rover but I honestly think he is struggling at the moment, again it isn't all his fault, at times being a Rovers defender is a little bit like Custer's Last Stand, you know there are reinforcements somewhere near but they are so far away and those pesky injun's just keep on coming, picking you off one by one. He's young, fans forget how young he is, he's definitely talented but he's had something like 2 years of being the last line of defence and being saddled with the captaincy as well, when you are in that position you make mistakes and your confidence drains away. We don't know what GB is going to do but he has to seriously consider giving the lad a rest before he breaks down completely. owd nick
  • Score: 0

9:10am Wed 3 Sep 14

dinglecrusher says...

GB won't drop him when he is Captain. Simples. Someone else will be "sacrificed"
GB won't drop him when he is Captain. Simples. Someone else will be "sacrificed" dinglecrusher
  • Score: 1
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