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Benjani signs new one year deal

News that Benjani has signed a new contract this morning has been met with a lot of moans and groans by the Rovers faithful.

Benjani reported to Brockhall training ground this morning to start his pre-season training to get him ready for the long season ahead. He told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph:

"I have always wanted to stay at Blackburn Rovers and I am looking forward to the new season here. I know I have to work hard in pre season to get myself ready for it.

"I believe there is a lot more to come from me at this club and enjoying a full pre season will help me to show that. I was playing catch up for most of last season and it was difficult.

"What has happened before doesn`t matter. It is what happens from now and that is why I was back in training and am determined to work very hard.

"I am looking forward to the new season and glad to be back here."

At first hearing the news, I was very disappointed. Why sign second rate free transfers when we have money to spend? 3 goals last season and we sign him up again, why?

However,one thing I like about Benjani is his attitude. He is a player who wants to play for our club and one who is not just coming for a last pay day. He has taken a small wage to play football for a club he wants to play for unlike some players we currently have (hint: he is a 6ft5' African Centre back).

He has proved on a couple of occasions last year he has ability such as when he turned the Liverpool defence and sent the ball rocketing into the roof of the net. Who is to say he won't do it again and on a more regular basis?

One thing is for sure though, if he turns out in Blue and white halves next season and tries his best and works hard, I will be sat there cheering him on. We could have done better, but he has signed, get over it and move on.

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Writer: Joe Ainscough Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 12 2011

Time: 12:39PM

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Well said and well written! As a squad player I am fine with this and as you said 23 his attitude is first rate!
Mikey Delap
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12/07/2011 13:13:00

I actually like Benjani as he's always smiling and enjoys playing football - you're right he's not the best, behind Roberts and Kalinic for me, but a good squad player. I just hope he quadruples his goal tally!
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12/07/2011 13:53:00

I like him, the wya I see it, if he scores one goal that gives us a draw or a win hes paid for himself.
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12/07/2011 14:40:00

He is a ruff and ready player ready to come in when the going gets tuff on the new striker we hopefully sign.. and can handle the pressure of being in the best league in the world physically and mentaly IMO
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12/07/2011 15:19:00

Mmmm takes up a strikers berth not sure why a) we would re-sgn him and b) why he would want to resign after limited opportunties to date
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12/07/2011 16:10:00

I'm not exactly doing cartwheels over this news but he is clearly happy to play for us so I will gladly cheer him on. You can't fault his effort when he does play and he's one of those kind of players that on his day could easily notch 2-3 goals in a game for us... Can we please sign a new player now though, August is creeping up on us already!!
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12/07/2011 16:23:00

He smiles a lot cos he's on thousands a week and he's not very good, if as our glorious owners and manager insist we are striving for europe then he isn't the answer, 3 goals a season from a striker is absolute garbage
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12/07/2011 18:24:00

I dont really mind this - Like you all have said ^^ he wants to play for us.. he has a great attitude.. just needs to keep his fittness up! i would keep him over some of the players we have got in the team tbh =p
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12/07/2011 22:34:00

still don't understand what he has done to earn this contract, he is def. last in our striker packing order in skills. but if he's signed for a small amount, he's not a bad player to have in the squad
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13/07/2011 03:23:00

One thing that i find curious about the whole Benjani situation is he has said he has signed a new 1 year deal. But the club have not announced it. Hardly says much for the fans being first to know. Also kinda *****es me off that i am getting nothing from my membership fee to RoversPlayer. Besides, shouldn't our two lesser strikers be Benjani and Roberts, and have 2 good strikers as apposed to chopping and changing our strikers during the season as they all seem to be average and not good enough? What's that saying? "the more things change the more they stay the same..." Not impressed myself.
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