Richard Smallwood targets Blackburn promotion


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New Blackburn signing Richard Smallwood believes the club has the quality to secure an instant return to the Championship next season.

The central midfielder became Rovers’ second signing of the summer when he put pen to paper on a two-year contract last week after opting to leave League One rivals Rotherham.

Smallwood joins fellow new recruit and midfielder Peter Whittingham at Ewood Park and with Blackburn now looking to add further quality in their attacking areas, the 26-year-old is convinced they can challenge for an immediate return to the Championship following relegation last season.

“I’m a very hard worker,” said Smallwood. “I like to do the dirty work, but I can also pass the ball and get forward as well.

“You need that (hard work), but you also need the quality, which I think the squad has got in abundance.

“I think the difference between the Championship and League One is just the quality in the final third and the quality in the final third at this club will be the difference I think.

Hopefully everybody stays fit, there’s good competition and hopefully we’ll have a good season.”

Blackburn will be playing in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1980 next season and they will kick-off their campaign with an away match against Southend on August 5.

The Blue and Whites are priced at 6.50 to clinch the League One title next term, with the likes of Wigan, Portsmouth and Bradford expected to be their main rivals for overall glory.

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