Tony Mowbray plans to be patient in pursuit of loan stars


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Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray plans to adopt a patient approach when it comes to trying to re-sign the players he had on loan at Ewood Park this season.

Jack Payne and Adam Armstrong both joined the club during the January transfer window on loan deals from Huddersfield and Newcastle respectively and they both played their part in Rovers’ surge towards League One promotion.

Leeds forward Marcus Antonsson was also an important figure his season-long stay at Ewood Park, while Middlesbrough midfielder Harry Chapman impressed in his 16 appearances, although two separate hamstring injuries meant he did not feature from October onward.

All four loan players remain under contract with their parent clubs, but Mowbray has not ruled out re-signing the quartet on loan or even on a permanent basis, although he knows patience may well be key.

“The loan players, there are conversations to be had with the players and their clubs to see what their thoughts and plans are,” Mowbray was quoted as saying in the Lancashire Telegraph.

Attacking midfielder Payne is perhaps the one Mowbray is most interested in re-signing after he made 18 appearances during the second half of the season, netting the only goal of his loan spell on the final day of the campaign against Oxford. Speaking about Payne, Mowbray added: “I think it’s a summer to wait and see with regards Jack as one of those loan players.

“I’ve let him know how I feel he’s done, what he needs to work on and things he needs to help his game. He’s done really well for us, he’s a player I really like, a footballer who can make things happen.”

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