Blackburn midfielder Darragh Lenihan revelling in first-team action

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Darragh Lenihan

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Blackburn midfielder Darragh Lenihan admits he has been delighted by the amount of first-team football he’s played for the club since the turn of the year.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international has featured in 15 league matches for Paul Lambert’s side during 2016, with his only previous appearance before the turn of the year coming in the Capital One Cup defeat to Shrewsbury in August.

The 22-year-old admits that he is revelling at his new standing in the senior side and he is keen to repay the faith shown in him by Lambert, who succeeded Gary Bowyer as manager at Ewood Park last November.

He said: “At the start of the season I couldn’t imagine myself playing so many games. So I’m grateful for the gaffer showing his faith in me.”

Lenihan admits that he still has a lot to learn before he is the finished article, but he is desperate to continue his development in the Rovers first team.

He continued: “I just want to keep improving, I’ve just turned 22, I’m still only young and I’ve got many years to learn and to keep improving my game.”

Blackburn are currently 14th in the Championship and they will face Lancashire rivals Preston North End at Ewood Park in their next league match on Saturday.

The Blue and Whites are available at 2.10 to claim all three points during the derby contest, while PNE are on offer at 3.75 and the draw is priced at 3.10.

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