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A New Right-Back Is Ince's Priority

A New Right-Back Is Ince's Priority

Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Ince is looking to increase the squad size at Ewood Park this summer, and has admitted that a new right-back is his priority (sasman won't be happy!!!).

Brett Emerton has primarily been our right-back in the last two seasons, with Andre Ooijer, Zurab Khizanishvili and Steven Reid also used but many would agree that a specialist right-back is a high priority, and Ince agrees.

Ince told the Lancashire Telegraph: "We are looking at a few things right now but we don't want to rush into anything - there's still another six weeks to go before the season starts.

"That said, we've got some targets and we want to get in there before anyone else does.

"I feel we need a few players to bolster the squad. A right-back is the main priority, even though Brett Emerton did well there last season.

"I just feel we probably need a specialist in that position. We are also looking at other positions too

Chelsea right-back Juliano Belletti has been linked with a move to Ewood in the past 24-hours or so.

Meanwhile Robbie Fowler (who Incey has invited along for Pre-Season to prove his fitness, which would then earn him a one-year contract) has said that the chance of a possible return to the Premier League was to good to refuse.

Fowler will join us for our training camp in Germany and will also play in some Pre-Season friendlies. Now he is hoping that his gamble to refuse the new contract offer from Cardiff City will pay off with him returning to the Premier League with Rovers, which he believes is something he can still do.

Fowler told the Daily Mirror: "I don't think anyone at Cardiff can blame me for taking this opportunity because I still have a desire to play at the top level.

"Most importantly, I believe I can still do it. I could take the contract on offer at Cardiff, and there are no guarantees that I will be taken on by Blackburn, but at this stage of my career I've got to take a chance.

"I still love football, still want to go out and do it, and I'm really pleased that I have got a chance to show I can play in the Premier League

The 33-year-old former England International has admitted that he isn't as fit as he was (understandably) but feels he can still perform at the highest level, and most importantly has the desire that is required.

He added: "I'm not trying to kid anyone, I'm not as fit as I was at the age of 20 but that's obvious.

"I feel I can still perform to a decent level. I have the desire still and that's important


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Date:Saturday July 12 2008
Time: 7:12PM


Sas won't be happy will he lol! Emo has done a superb job, but we could do with a recognised right-back couldn't we, and with Bents probably going Emo could be moved forward again anyway?!?! My initial disappointment at the Fowler “signing”, has subsided now, and I feel we should give him this chance, we haven't offered a contract yet so he has a few weeks to prove his fitness and worth, if not he doesn't sign does he.
Hughes Da Man
12/07/2008 19:16:00
Belletti is grea tocming forward but defending.....well, not so good!
12/07/2008 19:23:00
SO basically Belletti is another Emerton, i think he would be good though big name get him cut price. Allow emerton a central or wide role, which i think he might be capable of now, having good form at RB.
12/07/2008 19:30:00
Not sold on Juliano Belletti, the Ruskies can keep him and his silly money wages. As for Fowler, what a statement. IF he gets taken on, will he be happy playing 5th or 4th AT A PUSH fiddle to the current crop we have here? What wages will he want? its a gamble but an unneccesary one IMO. If we are doing the old boys act then Incey, I hear Paul Parker is available on a free too, so is John Barnes!
12/07/2008 21:29:00
hey hey, no body is anopther emerton, emerton is the man, i think we are due for a change of formation if bentley leaves, play with 2 stoppers and a dm, with warnock and bentley playing as wing backs
13/07/2008 00:39:00
Emerton is good but not great. I'd go for S. Kelly of Birminham or Foley from Wolves. Not sure about Belletti though.
13/07/2008 10:54:00
I still like the idea of Bradley Orr. And Emo should be a contender for the right back spot this season.
14/07/2008 13:02:00
Not ure on any of the suggestions....quite like Danny Simpson at United???
20/07/2008 21:31:00
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