New Blackburn Rovers keeper Jason Steele out to compete with and learn from Paul Robinson

Jason Steele

Jason Steele

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NEW Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele admits the chance to compete with and train alongside his childhood hero Paul Robinson was too good to turn down.

Steele knows he has not taken the easy option in accepting the challenge of going-to-head with former England star Robinson for the number one spot at Rovers.

But the 24-year-old, who completed his season-long loan move from Championship rivals Middlesbrough on deadline day, said: “It’s going to be a privilege to be able to train with him day in and day out.

“With the career that’s he had I can only get better with working with him.

“He’s been a top-class keeper for years and years now and it’s up to me to try and challenge him. Hopefully I can.

“But he’s had an absolutely fantastic career so it’s going to be tough for me.

“I could’ve gone to other places and maybe had an easier ride.

“But as soon as I spoke to the manager and the goalkeeper coach my mind was made up.”

After spending the best part of the last 10 months on the sidelines at Boro, Steele is desperate to get his promising career back on track.

After making his debut as a 19-year-old the former England youth international was a virtual ever present between the posts for the Riverside Stadium outfit until Aitor Karanka’s arrival in November.

Steele, who has represented England at U16, U17, U19 and U21 level, was sent off in Karanka’s first match as Boro boss and then went under the knife to cure an ankle problem.

But on his return to full fitness he found himself down the pecking order.

And when Karanka made it clear he could leave the club he has been at since he was 12 Steele jumped at the chance to join Rovers despite offers from elsewhere.

“I’ve been fit for the last six or seven months so it’s been tough going into training on a Monday morning knowing that I’m not going to be playing on a Saturday,” said Steele, who has made 155 senior club appearances, 131 of which have come in the Championship.

“It’s been gut-wrenching and I’m thankful I’ve got good family and good friends who have kept me going.

“But I’m excited to be here – it was the one club which really stood out for me.

“It’s that old cliché you always hear from footballers who sign for clubs in the Championship – it’s a Premier League club playing in the Championship.

“But without a shadow of a doubt this is what this club is and hopefully I can play my part in helping them get back there.”

Steele, who was a member of the Great Britain squad at the 2012 London Olympic Games, will be ineligible to play in Rovers’ league clashes with his parent club Boro on November 29 and December 28.

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9:26am Thu 4 Sep 14

jinkyjase says...

Hope he takes his chance.

I thought Jake Kean was very unlucky to get the chop, probably protecting him from some of the 'expert' goalies in the Blackburn End.

"Too good for England" Robbo isn't even good enough for Rovers I'm afraid, and hasn't been for a long time. This lad is highly rated so lets hope he steps us so Robbo can go back to enjoying his cream teas in Beverley.
Hope he takes his chance. I thought Jake Kean was very unlucky to get the chop, probably protecting him from some of the 'expert' goalies in the Blackburn End. "Too good for England" Robbo isn't even good enough for Rovers I'm afraid, and hasn't been for a long time. This lad is highly rated so lets hope he steps us so Robbo can go back to enjoying his cream teas in Beverley. jinkyjase
  • Score: -4

9:38am Thu 4 Sep 14

GAZHAY says...

Although Robbo has been a great servant to the club we desperately needed a new goalie.
Unfortunately he is overweight and the amount of shots he lets in from outside the area is worrying. Also he doesn't command his box and very rarely comes out for crosses and am sure this has a knock on effect with our defence.
Hopefully Steele is here to play and not just as back up.
Although Robbo has been a great servant to the club we desperately needed a new goalie. Unfortunately he is overweight and the amount of shots he lets in from outside the area is worrying. Also he doesn't command his box and very rarely comes out for crosses and am sure this has a knock on effect with our defence. Hopefully Steele is here to play and not just as back up. GAZHAY
  • Score: 8

10:05am Thu 4 Sep 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Sounds like another Bowyer panic buy. How many keepers do we actually need? Is he thinking of fielding more than one? Lets just hope he's a better keeper than Calamity Kean.
Sounds like another Bowyer panic buy. How many keepers do we actually need? Is he thinking of fielding more than one? Lets just hope he's a better keeper than Calamity Kean. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -16

10:14am Thu 4 Sep 14

owd nick says...

Agree with both Jinky and Gaz on this one.

Jake Kean did a great job for us in an otherwise very poor team until he lost his confidence and a minority of fans started to get on his back, also much as I like Robbo he simply isn't as mobile or agile as he used to be in his heyday.

Steele is young, experienced and hungry, time for a change sooner rather than later.
Agree with both Jinky and Gaz on this one. Jake Kean did a great job for us in an otherwise very poor team until he lost his confidence and a minority of fans started to get on his back, also much as I like Robbo he simply isn't as mobile or agile as he used to be in his heyday. Steele is young, experienced and hungry, time for a change sooner rather than later. owd nick
  • Score: 1

10:47am Thu 4 Sep 14

French Rover says...

Nice words Jason, welcome to Ewood.

Most fans here are respectful of all that Paul Robinson has done for us in his time at the Rovers. He has had some great games for the Rovers over the last few seasons and his shot stopping has been second to none. But some bad luck with a serious injury kept him out for a while and even though he has bounced back yet again I fear he has not reached the top level of his game. I reckon that Jason can force his way into the team quite soon.
Nice words Jason, welcome to Ewood. Most fans here are respectful of all that Paul Robinson has done for us in his time at the Rovers. He has had some great games for the Rovers over the last few seasons and his shot stopping has been second to none. But some bad luck with a serious injury kept him out for a while and even though he has bounced back yet again I fear he has not reached the top level of his game. I reckon that Jason can force his way into the team quite soon. French Rover
  • Score: 15

11:17am Thu 4 Sep 14

jimluftas says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Sounds like another Bowyer panic buy. How many keepers do we actually need? Is he thinking of fielding more than one? Lets just hope he's a better keeper than Calamity Kean.
Not a buy though is it, it's a loan. Nothing to lose. Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Sounds like another Bowyer panic buy. How many keepers do we actually need? Is he thinking of fielding more than one? Lets just hope he's a better keeper than Calamity Kean.[/p][/quote]Not a buy though is it, it's a loan. Nothing to lose. Idiot. jimluftas
  • Score: 13

11:31am Thu 4 Sep 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Why is there all this Robinson knocking all of a sudden, we always have to pick on someone and then start going over the top. Dann has had some terrible stick in the past and Williamson more recently and now it seems to be Robinson's turn. Everybody was glad to see Robbo back after illness and were saying that he had brought a lot of confidence back to the defence and I still believe that. Yes he has let some soft ones in but what keeper doesn't but he has aslo saved the day and points with one or two world class stops that less experienced keepers would make. Any keeper will let a few in with the way this team is tactically set up and the defence mistakes being made. Don't forget Steele is the 3rd choice keeper at Middlesbrough for some reason but sounds like he will have what it takes to replace Robbo eventually if he gets injured or when he contract expires. What about FFP rules though.
Why is there all this Robinson knocking all of a sudden, we always have to pick on someone and then start going over the top. Dann has had some terrible stick in the past and Williamson more recently and now it seems to be Robinson's turn. Everybody was glad to see Robbo back after illness and were saying that he had brought a lot of confidence back to the defence and I still believe that. Yes he has let some soft ones in but what keeper doesn't but he has aslo saved the day and points with one or two world class stops that less experienced keepers would make. Any keeper will let a few in with the way this team is tactically set up and the defence mistakes being made. Don't forget Steele is the 3rd choice keeper at Middlesbrough for some reason but sounds like he will have what it takes to replace Robbo eventually if he gets injured or when he contract expires. What about FFP rules though. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 1

11:40am Thu 4 Sep 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

jimluftas wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Sounds like another Bowyer panic buy. How many keepers do we actually need? Is he thinking of fielding more than one? Lets just hope he's a better keeper than Calamity Kean.
Not a buy though is it, it's a loan. Nothing to lose. Idiot.
Except more money wasted on wages.

They dont play for free. Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]jimluftas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Sounds like another Bowyer panic buy. How many keepers do we actually need? Is he thinking of fielding more than one? Lets just hope he's a better keeper than Calamity Kean.[/p][/quote]Not a buy though is it, it's a loan. Nothing to lose. Idiot.[/p][/quote]Except more money wasted on wages. They dont play for free. Idiot. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -8

11:41am Thu 4 Sep 14

MatthewCA says...

Please don't PUSH our ROBBO soon................
. wait for ur turn,

you are only 20+. get ready for the premier league keeper position and be prepare for a MAN of STEEL inside you in this season with OUR ROBBO.

Welcome Jason Steele, Ryan and Duffy.
Please don't PUSH our ROBBO soon................ . wait for ur turn, you are only 20+. get ready for the premier league keeper position and be prepare for a MAN of STEEL inside you in this season with OUR ROBBO. Welcome Jason Steele, Ryan and Duffy. MatthewCA
  • Score: 3

11:42am Thu 4 Sep 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

jimluftas wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Sounds like another Bowyer panic buy. How many keepers do we actually need? Is he thinking of fielding more than one? Lets just hope he's a better keeper than Calamity Kean.
Not a buy though is it, it's a loan. Nothing to lose. Idiot.
Except more money wasted on wages.

They dont play for free. Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]jimluftas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Sounds like another Bowyer panic buy. How many keepers do we actually need? Is he thinking of fielding more than one? Lets just hope he's a better keeper than Calamity Kean.[/p][/quote]Not a buy though is it, it's a loan. Nothing to lose. Idiot.[/p][/quote]Except more money wasted on wages. They dont play for free. Idiot. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -11

12:18pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Harwoodstblue says...

It's up to Venkys who they employ and what wages they pay, not some troll from Keighley Moor.
Anyway Steele should be a great replacement for Robbo when he takes over eventually, when ever that might be. Lots of experience already and should fit in seamlessly at this level. All the new signings will make us stronger and I expect some fringe players will be moving out on loan pretty soon to trim the wage bill. Bowyer is slowly but surely improving the squad. Just need to get the tactics right now GB.
It's up to Venkys who they employ and what wages they pay, not some troll from Keighley Moor. Anyway Steele should be a great replacement for Robbo when he takes over eventually, when ever that might be. Lots of experience already and should fit in seamlessly at this level. All the new signings will make us stronger and I expect some fringe players will be moving out on loan pretty soon to trim the wage bill. Bowyer is slowly but surely improving the squad. Just need to get the tactics right now GB. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 6

1:12pm Thu 4 Sep 14

owd nick says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Why is there all this Robinson knocking all of a sudden, we always have to pick on someone and then start going over the top. Dann has had some terrible stick in the past and Williamson more recently and now it seems to be Robinson's turn. Everybody was glad to see Robbo back after illness and were saying that he had brought a lot of confidence back to the defence and I still believe that. Yes he has let some soft ones in but what keeper doesn't but he has aslo saved the day and points with one or two world class stops that less experienced keepers would make. Any keeper will let a few in with the way this team is tactically set up and the defence mistakes being made. Don't forget Steele is the 3rd choice keeper at Middlesbrough for some reason but sounds like he will have what it takes to replace Robbo eventually if he gets injured or when he contract expires. What about FFP rules though.
Not knocking Robbo per se, Rover, he's done a great job for us but having seen him over the years he certainly isn't the keeper he once was, he isn't as agile or as mobile as he needs to be now and at his age he certainly isn't going to get that aspect back, that's life.

Also he only has one year to run on what is ostensibly a PL contract.

With FFP about to bite that needs to be looked at sooner rather than later, unless he is willing to take a significant drop in salary both he and Best need to be long gone before August 1st next year.

I personally don't get starry eyed over players anymore, Shearer was the icing on the cake when he buggered off to Newcastle after telling everyone the week before he was staying, the vast majority of players would do the same if made a better offer by a "bigger" club.

BTW, Steele might be 3rd choice at Boro' that's down to the manager not fancying him, didn't he bring his own guy in when Steele was injured?

The Boro' fans however rate him much higher than the two in front of him, that's more than enough for me.
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Why is there all this Robinson knocking all of a sudden, we always have to pick on someone and then start going over the top. Dann has had some terrible stick in the past and Williamson more recently and now it seems to be Robinson's turn. Everybody was glad to see Robbo back after illness and were saying that he had brought a lot of confidence back to the defence and I still believe that. Yes he has let some soft ones in but what keeper doesn't but he has aslo saved the day and points with one or two world class stops that less experienced keepers would make. Any keeper will let a few in with the way this team is tactically set up and the defence mistakes being made. Don't forget Steele is the 3rd choice keeper at Middlesbrough for some reason but sounds like he will have what it takes to replace Robbo eventually if he gets injured or when he contract expires. What about FFP rules though.[/p][/quote]Not knocking Robbo per se, Rover, he's done a great job for us but having seen him over the years he certainly isn't the keeper he once was, he isn't as agile or as mobile as he needs to be now and at his age he certainly isn't going to get that aspect back, that's life. Also he only has one year to run on what is ostensibly a PL contract. With FFP about to bite that needs to be looked at sooner rather than later, unless he is willing to take a significant drop in salary both he and Best need to be long gone before August 1st next year. I personally don't get starry eyed over players anymore, Shearer was the icing on the cake when he buggered off to Newcastle after telling everyone the week before he was staying, the vast majority of players would do the same if made a better offer by a "bigger" club. BTW, Steele might be 3rd choice at Boro' that's down to the manager not fancying him, didn't he bring his own guy in when Steele was injured? The Boro' fans however rate him much higher than the two in front of him, that's more than enough for me. owd nick
  • Score: 3

1:42pm Thu 4 Sep 14

noddy57 says...

Jason " if you can keep more clean sheets than the rest of them at Blackburn " The jersey is yours. This season is massif for this club in so many ways and l wish you the very best of luck.
Jason " if you can keep more clean sheets than the rest of them at Blackburn " The jersey is yours. This season is massif for this club in so many ways and l wish you the very best of luck. noddy57
  • Score: 2

2:41pm Thu 4 Sep 14

backum says...

owd nick wrote:
Agree with both Jinky and Gaz on this one.

Jake Kean did a great job for us in an otherwise very poor team until he lost his confidence and a minority of fans started to get on his back, also much as I like Robbo he simply isn't as mobile or agile as he used to be in his heyday.

Steele is young, experienced and hungry, time for a change sooner rather than later.
Robinson has had an easy ride from the fans since his return.Kean makes a couple of silly mistakes and he,s out,despite keeping five out of six clean sheets at home.He starred in our win over Arsenal in the cup and the teams goals against are far better when he has played.Robinson comes into the team with a great fanfare and the team immediately lets in 29 goals in his fist 14 games,not including the game against Man City.He then single handedly gifted the local derby to Burnley without hardly a wiff of criticism.Goals against cant all be the keepers fault but they seem to be when Robinsons not in goal.Good luck to the new lad he will need it.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Agree with both Jinky and Gaz on this one. Jake Kean did a great job for us in an otherwise very poor team until he lost his confidence and a minority of fans started to get on his back, also much as I like Robbo he simply isn't as mobile or agile as he used to be in his heyday. Steele is young, experienced and hungry, time for a change sooner rather than later.[/p][/quote]Robinson has had an easy ride from the fans since his return.Kean makes a couple of silly mistakes and he,s out,despite keeping five out of six clean sheets at home.He starred in our win over Arsenal in the cup and the teams goals against are far better when he has played.Robinson comes into the team with a great fanfare and the team immediately lets in 29 goals in his fist 14 games,not including the game against Man City.He then single handedly gifted the local derby to Burnley without hardly a wiff of criticism.Goals against cant all be the keepers fault but they seem to be when Robinsons not in goal.Good luck to the new lad he will need it. backum
  • Score: 2

4:56pm Thu 4 Sep 14

BRFC The People's Champions. says...

owd nick wrote:
Agree with both Jinky and Gaz on this one.

Jake Kean did a great job for us in an otherwise very poor team until he lost his confidence and a minority of fans started to get on his back, also much as I like Robbo he simply isn't as mobile or agile as he used to be in his heyday.

Steele is young, experienced and hungry, time for a change sooner rather than later.
Have you ever wondered why you get so many negative votes?

False Prophet.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Agree with both Jinky and Gaz on this one. Jake Kean did a great job for us in an otherwise very poor team until he lost his confidence and a minority of fans started to get on his back, also much as I like Robbo he simply isn't as mobile or agile as he used to be in his heyday. Steele is young, experienced and hungry, time for a change sooner rather than later.[/p][/quote]Have you ever wondered why you get so many negative votes? False Prophet. BRFC The People's Champions.
  • Score: -1

5:16pm Thu 4 Sep 14

owd nick says...

backum wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Agree with both Jinky and Gaz on this one.

Jake Kean did a great job for us in an otherwise very poor team until he lost his confidence and a minority of fans started to get on his back, also much as I like Robbo he simply isn't as mobile or agile as he used to be in his heyday.

Steele is young, experienced and hungry, time for a change sooner rather than later.
Robinson has had an easy ride from the fans since his return.Kean makes a couple of silly mistakes and he,s out,despite keeping five out of six clean sheets at home.He starred in our win over Arsenal in the cup and the teams goals against are far better when he has played.Robinson comes into the team with a great fanfare and the team immediately lets in 29 goals in his fist 14 games,not including the game against Man City.He then single handedly gifted the local derby to Burnley without hardly a wiff of criticism.Goals against cant all be the keepers fault but they seem to be when Robinsons not in goal.Good luck to the new lad he will need it.
It's true Kean made a couple of daft mistakes, but as a keeper you invariably pay for your errors, a relatively small group of fans then got on his back, his confidence was effected and he was eventually dropped for Eastwood to take over.

Then Eastwood went the same way just as Robbo came back on the scene.

The best thing that can happen now for both Kean and Eastwood is to get out on loan, play football without the pressure they were or are under at Ewood and prove they can still do it.
[quote][p][bold]backum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Agree with both Jinky and Gaz on this one. Jake Kean did a great job for us in an otherwise very poor team until he lost his confidence and a minority of fans started to get on his back, also much as I like Robbo he simply isn't as mobile or agile as he used to be in his heyday. Steele is young, experienced and hungry, time for a change sooner rather than later.[/p][/quote]Robinson has had an easy ride from the fans since his return.Kean makes a couple of silly mistakes and he,s out,despite keeping five out of six clean sheets at home.He starred in our win over Arsenal in the cup and the teams goals against are far better when he has played.Robinson comes into the team with a great fanfare and the team immediately lets in 29 goals in his fist 14 games,not including the game against Man City.He then single handedly gifted the local derby to Burnley without hardly a wiff of criticism.Goals against cant all be the keepers fault but they seem to be when Robinsons not in goal.Good luck to the new lad he will need it.[/p][/quote]It's true Kean made a couple of daft mistakes, but as a keeper you invariably pay for your errors, a relatively small group of fans then got on his back, his confidence was effected and he was eventually dropped for Eastwood to take over. Then Eastwood went the same way just as Robbo came back on the scene. The best thing that can happen now for both Kean and Eastwood is to get out on loan, play football without the pressure they were or are under at Ewood and prove they can still do it. owd nick
  • Score: 4

7:33am Fri 5 Sep 14

jimluftas says...

Robbo is a fat waste of space. There is no excuse for being overweight when you earn that much and train every day. If Steele is any good, get him in the team and get rid of robbo and one other. The lad in u-21s is highly rated so no problem having him as 3rd choice.
Robbo is a fat waste of space. There is no excuse for being overweight when you earn that much and train every day. If Steele is any good, get him in the team and get rid of robbo and one other. The lad in u-21s is highly rated so no problem having him as 3rd choice. jimluftas
  • Score: -1

7:36am Fri 5 Sep 14

jimluftas says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
jimluftas wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Sounds like another Bowyer panic buy. How many keepers do we actually need? Is he thinking of fielding more than one? Lets just hope he's a better keeper than Calamity Kean.
Not a buy though is it, it's a loan. Nothing to lose. Idiot.
Except more money wasted on wages.

They dont play for free. Idiot.
How is it money wasted if he does well? With 3 keepers already that are capable at this level, think we can safely say gb wasn't panicking. Get down to ewood much do you?
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimluftas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Sounds like another Bowyer panic buy. How many keepers do we actually need? Is he thinking of fielding more than one? Lets just hope he's a better keeper than Calamity Kean.[/p][/quote]Not a buy though is it, it's a loan. Nothing to lose. Idiot.[/p][/quote]Except more money wasted on wages. They dont play for free. Idiot.[/p][/quote]How is it money wasted if he does well? With 3 keepers already that are capable at this level, think we can safely say gb wasn't panicking. Get down to ewood much do you? jimluftas
  • Score: 1

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