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Blackburn Rovers’ late move for Irish youngster finally confirmed

Blackburn Rovers have announced the signing of Irish midfielder Brad Lyons from Coleraine, four days after the deadline closed until for the summer.

Lyons joins Rovers on an initial loan deal until January, and the deal will be made permanent when the window opens.

The Irishman made over a hundred appearances for Coleraine, making four appearances in the Europa League along the way. He was on trial with Rovers throughout the summer, playing in a pre-season friendly against the Northern Premier League Division One West side.

The youngster is over the moon that his move to Rovers has been completed, telling the Blackburn Rovers club website:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here. I watched Rovers when I was younger; it’s a great club with a great history and I can’t wait to get started.

“I knew the club were watching me towards the end of last season but didn’t think anything was coming of it. I got a call about a trial in the summer and then the clubs started talking from there.

“Rovers are such a family club, I was so well looked after in the summer, everything was there for me and everyone was so nice.

“The players and staff were great with me, and the facilities are fantastic. I can’t wait to get my head down now and start training with the lads.

“There was a little bit of shock when I told my family and friends because I’ll be moving away from home, but they’re all delighted for me, they know I’ve worked hard. This is a dream come true, but the hard work starts now.”

He also gave Rovers fans a glimpse of his playing style, and what he wants to achieve in his time at Ewood Park:

“I’m a central midfielder, a bit of an all-rounder really. I don’t mind defending and like getting stuck in, but I also like attacking and scoring goals.

“I like to think of myself as a box-to-box player. I’ve scored two goals in my last three games and that’s something I want to get into my game more and more.

“I’m only 21 but I’ve played over 120 games, and about 80 to 100 of those were starts. I’ve got experience behind me of playing senior football and hopefully that will stand me in good stead.

“I’ve played four games in the Europa League against tough opposition, so I’ve got the experience and want to kick on now.

“To the fans, I’d say that I’m going to give everything for the badge. This club has given me an opportunity, so I’ll try to repay Rovers as much as I can.”

The 21-year-old will be available for selection for this weekend’s game at home to Aston Villa, and will be hoping to make good of his big chance in the Championship.

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