New boy Chris Brown believes he can help fire Blackburn Rovers up
NEW boy Chris Brown believes Blackburn Rovers have the firepower to blast their way back into the Premier League.
The 6ft 3in striker has put pen to paper on a two-year deal after joining on a free transfer from Doncaster and has immediately set his sights on winning promotion.
And Brown reckons Rovers’ four frontmen will help them in their quest.
The 29-year-old will compete with Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede for a starting spot with Luke Varney giving Gary Bowyer another option when he completes his move from Leeds United at the end of the month.
“I know the two strikers (Rhodes and Gestede) were outstanding and Luke Varney is being added to that,” said Brown, who has hailed his new club as ‘genuine promotion contenders’.
“You look at all the teams who get promoted from the Championship and they have three or four strikers who can compete with each other.
“That’s what the manager wants here. He’s said to me to come in and compete with the other strikers and if I do well I’ll hopefully get my chance to play.”
Brown arrives at Ewood Park on the back of a campaign of mixed emotions.
While Doncaster were relegated from the Championship the former Sunderland, Preston North End and Norwich City frontman enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career.
Brown scored nine goals in 43 games and won Doncaster’s player of the year award.
He admitted it will be a wrench to leave Paul Dickov’s side, a club he still loves and with whom he won two promotions.
But once Rovers came calling he had no hesitation in swapping Yorkshire for Lancashire.
And now Brown, who was urged to make the move by former Doncaster team-mate Tommy Spurr, cannot wait to show his new supporters why Bowyer snapped him up.
“I’ll bring a physical presence,” said Brown, who twice helped Sunderland win promotion to the Premier League.
“I like to work hard and I also enjoy the defensive side.
“But I want to be in the box scoring goals and the wingers we’ve got here makes it perfect for me.”
Rovers boss Bowyer is delighted with his new acquisition.
But he has taken exception to comments made by Doncaster owner John Ryan that Brown has been offered ‘10 grand a week by Blackburn’.
Ryan also said last summer that Rovers offered left back Spurr a ‘£2m deal’ to make the switch from Donny.
Bowyer said: “Contrary to reports, he is not on the wages that their chairman has stated and we are disappointed that for the second summer running he has made comments regarding a player’s wages that are both unwelcome and inaccurate.
“We’re delighted that Chris has agreed to join us.
“Hopefully he can be just as successful as the other free transfer we made from Doncaster last season, Tommy Spurr.”
Rovers did not disclose Brown’s wages.
But he is on less than £10,000 a week.