Blackburn Rovers duo set for Olympic duty during pre-season

BLACKBURN Rovers are bracing themselves for the prospect of losing Grant Hanley and Jason Lowe for almost all of pre-season – with both in line to be involved in Britain’s Olympic campaign.

Rovers’ academy products are expected to continue in Steve Kean’s first team for tomorrow’s crucial trip to West Brom, with their manager admitting their emergence hasn’t gone unnoticed by Team GB’s selectors.

Kean confirmed both of the 20-year-olds were in line for selection for the tournament that starts on July 26 and insisted he would not stand in their way.

London 2012 and the build-up would clash almost entirely with Rovers’ summer preparations for the new campaign but Kean is adamant, if selected, both should accept.

He said: “We have had with the Olympic organisation. The way I believe the Olympic squad is named is after the countries name their European Champion-ships squad.

“We expect some of our boys to be in the Olympic squad. Jason Lowe and Grant Hanley, there is a big chance they could be involved.

“If they want to play and are selected then I am sure they will play. It is a thing that you look at and say is it an honour to play in the Olympics? I think it is.

“It is not ideal timing but when they do come back, they will come back very fit because they will have been training for the majority of the time.

“If they get selected I think they should play and consider it an honour.”

Hanley is expected to continue his partnership with Scott Dann in the heart of the defence at the Hawthorns tomorrow, with Lowe continuing in central midfield.

Both have earned international recognition, Lowe with England under 21s and Hanley with the Scotland senior squad, with Kean revealing the latter has even earned praise from Alex Ferguson.

Kean said: “Sir Alex said after Monday’s game Grant’s anticipation had really improved and we feel, not only that aspect, his feet have got better, he is very quick, and he has bonded with Scott Dann.

“Sir Alex was very complimentary and thought he was good enough to play for the Scotland team for the next 10 to 15 years and I agree.”

Rovers travel to West Brom tomorrow in the Premier League relegation zone but with just one point separating the four teams above basement side Wolves.

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11:09am Fri 6 Apr 12

carlmc says...

If we end up relegated, it wont really matter, as we will have sold both of them and many more before the tournament begins.
If we end up relegated, it wont really matter, as we will have sold both of them and many more before the tournament begins. carlmc

11:17am Fri 6 Apr 12

The Blocked One says...

Just as an aside, I'm trying to contact the ticket office (from outside the UK). The number 0871 2221444 does not work for me. Does anyone know of another number that I can call ? Thanks in advance.
Just as an aside, I'm trying to contact the ticket office (from outside the UK). The number 0871 2221444 does not work for me. Does anyone know of another number that I can call ? Thanks in advance. The Blocked One

11:20am Fri 6 Apr 12

carlmc says...

Try 00448712221444
Try 00448712221444 carlmc

11:40am Fri 6 Apr 12

The Blocked One says...

I did, it's probably because it's a special BT number (pay per minute). Anyway, it doesn't work, and because the tickets for the Liverpool game are only on sale online to season ticket holders, I can't get hold of any ...
I did, it's probably because it's a special BT number (pay per minute). Anyway, it doesn't work, and because the tickets for the Liverpool game are only on sale online to season ticket holders, I can't get hold of any ... The Blocked One

11:51am Fri 6 Apr 12

carlmc says...

Have you no family or friends that can get you one?
Have you no family or friends that can get you one? carlmc

1:29pm Fri 6 Apr 12

The Blocked One says...

No :-( Parents used to live in Darwen
No :-( Parents used to live in Darwen The Blocked One

1:51pm Fri 6 Apr 12

OnePostThenTheOther says...

If last season's preparations are anything to go by then they will be better off with the Olympic squad. That way we might be able to get a point off Wolves on our own patch.
If last season's preparations are anything to go by then they will be better off with the Olympic squad. That way we might be able to get a point off Wolves on our own patch. OnePostThenTheOther

2:10pm Fri 6 Apr 12

merlinrabbit says...

The fact that we might lose players pre-season to the Olympics seems so trivial its barely worth reporting. We dont even know which league we will be in, who are manager will be, which other players will have been sold, whether the owners are still sulking.
The fact that we might lose players pre-season to the Olympics seems so trivial its barely worth reporting. We dont even know which league we will be in, who are manager will be, which other players will have been sold, whether the owners are still sulking. merlinrabbit

2:11pm Fri 6 Apr 12

merlinrabbit says...

The Blocked One wrote:
Just as an aside, I'm trying to contact the ticket office (from outside the UK). The number 0871 2221444 does not work for me. Does anyone know of another number that I can call ? Thanks in advance.
Why dont you ring main reception number or any other instead of the ticket office.
[quote][p][bold]The Blocked One[/bold] wrote: Just as an aside, I'm trying to contact the ticket office (from outside the UK). The number 0871 2221444 does not work for me. Does anyone know of another number that I can call ? Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]Why dont you ring main reception number or any other instead of the ticket office. merlinrabbit

2:20pm Fri 6 Apr 12

The Blocked One says...

merlinrabbit wrote:
The Blocked One wrote:
Just as an aside, I'm trying to contact the ticket office (from outside the UK). The number 0871 2221444 does not work for me. Does anyone know of another number that I can call ? Thanks in advance.
Why dont you ring main reception number or any other instead of the ticket office.
It's also an 0871 number, tried commercial department, corporate hospitality, found a number for RoverStore (Ewood) 01254 665606, but no answer ...
[quote][p][bold]merlinrabbit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Blocked One[/bold] wrote: Just as an aside, I'm trying to contact the ticket office (from outside the UK). The number 0871 2221444 does not work for me. Does anyone know of another number that I can call ? Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]Why dont you ring main reception number or any other instead of the ticket office.[/p][/quote]It's also an 0871 number, tried commercial department, corporate hospitality, found a number for RoverStore (Ewood) 01254 665606, but no answer ... The Blocked One

2:30pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Russ ov the rovers says...

You wont stand in their way Kean because hopefully by then someone with some balls would of got rid off you moron.

I honestly cannot believe that this idiot is actually thinking about next season with us! the mind boogles and if we are relegated does he think he will still be puffing his feathers within our club?
You wont stand in their way Kean because hopefully by then someone with some balls would of got rid off you moron. I honestly cannot believe that this idiot is actually thinking about next season with us! the mind boogles and if we are relegated does he think he will still be puffing his feathers within our club? Russ ov the rovers

3:13pm Fri 6 Apr 12

carlmc says...

If we are relegated and he is still in charge, then I fear that the attendances will be a record for us at that level.
If we are relegated and he is still in charge, then I fear that the attendances will be a record for us at that level. carlmc

8:21pm Fri 6 Apr 12

French Rover says...

The Blocked One wrote:
I did, it's probably because it's a special BT number (pay per minute). Anyway, it doesn't work, and because the tickets for the Liverpool game are only on sale online to season ticket holders, I can't get hold of any ...
Hi Blocked one....I just tried the number from here in France and got through first time using 00448712221444..I got a recorded message saying it was closed but that the number I use when I order tickets for my all too rare visits.
[quote][p][bold]The Blocked One[/bold] wrote: I did, it's probably because it's a special BT number (pay per minute). Anyway, it doesn't work, and because the tickets for the Liverpool game are only on sale online to season ticket holders, I can't get hold of any ...[/p][/quote]Hi Blocked one....I just tried the number from here in France and got through first time using 00448712221444..I got a recorded message saying it was closed but that the number I use when I order tickets for my all too rare visits. French Rover

2:43am Sat 7 Apr 12

dancav says...

The blocked one, try 01254 296146 ;-)
The blocked one, try 01254 296146 ;-) dancav

4:33am Sat 7 Apr 12

MxMave says...

Bye Hanley, have fun in United reserves next season.
Bye Hanley, have fun in United reserves next season. MxMave

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