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Deadline day sees shock Nelsen departure

The last few hours of the transfer window saw Rovers fend off late bids for most of their big names and retain the services of the likes of Chris Samba, Martin Olsson and Junior Hoilett but at a very late hour it came to light that Ryan Nelsen was on his way to the very surprise destination of Spurs.

The Rovers board concluded negotiations with Nelsen to allow him to terminate his contract and hook up with former Rover Brad Friedel.

Nelsen has now left the club after seven years at Ewood Park and on a free agent switch.

Rovers did manage to make two signings yesetrday with the expected signing of Martin Olsson's twin brother Marcus and right back Bradley Orr.

Orr himself seemed delighted at the switch when speaking to the Official Website - 'I'm just really happy, it has been a long time coming, I'm so excited, I'm really buzzing at the minute.

'I've wanted this move so bad, I'm just so delighted it has been done, I'm now chomping at the bit to get started.

'When you look around the squad it is such a talented squad with a mixture of experience and youth and I want to stamp my authority on the Premier League and do as good a job for Blackburn Rovers as I can.

'The set up is different class and I'm just really looking forward to it.'

Keith Andrews also departed last night for a nominal fee to West Brom to end his stay at the club.

From Venky's point of view it is job done. Wages are down month by month significantly having got rid of some fringe playing high earners and with low cost replacements in place.

From the fans point of view though the window marks a frustrating period of time as three signings were made but none of them actually cost any money and the 5 million promised per window by the owners upon purchase of the club didn't materialise again.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 1 2012

Time: 12:19PM

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Gutted that Nelsen has gone. Absolutely gutted...
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01/02/2012 12:21:00

Ditto mate. Genuine legend.
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01/02/2012 12:23:00

I echo your comments, Mikey and Fran. The end of an era for a true Rovers Legend. It was inevitable though really with wage trimming being the order of the month. I am quite surprised Grella got away with it though...
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01/02/2012 12:37:00

No admiral to steer the ship, :(
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01/02/2012 13:18:00

I can understand why he was allowed to leave, he has not played a game in recent memory and he must have been on a pretty impressive wage ... although I am gutted to see a player of calibre leave the club .. i do see a finanical reason why!! .. although my heart would have had him stay, we do have Samba, Dann, Givet and Hanley currently fit and fighting it out for the CB spots ... add Orr and the Olsson Twins now at right and left and we are pretty ok without the Admiral
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01/02/2012 15:55:00

sad end to nelsen's career at ewood...wonder what the admiral has to say...
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01/02/2012 16:36:00

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02/02/2012 03:35:00

I was hopingthat Ryan would see out his career with us and then take up a oaching role... but then I hoped that for Tugay as well.
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02/02/2012 13:19:00

It's the least profitable asset stripping of all time.
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02/02/2012 20:17:00


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