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McEveley after Regular Rovers Place

Blackburn Rovers left-back Jay McEveley has once gain set his sights on a regular first team place at Ewood Park following a good display against Everton at the weekend.

After being given another chance to impress Mark Hughes the Scottish under-21 and "B" International McEveley has spoken (and not for the first time) of his determination to fight to keep a first team place:

"It is all about putting seeds in the gaffer's mind, every time I get my opportunity that is what I'm looking to do.

"I want to play week-in week-out for Blackburn because I feel that it is something I need to achieve with the injuries I've had.

"After getting in and playing regularly under Souness but then coming out and having these two injuries I feel like I've had a bit of unfinished business here trying to get back in the team.

"I'll wait and see now, I've got my opportunity and now I'll see what the gaffer does on Saturday."

Serious injuries have hampered Jay's progress in recent years but at only 21-years of age he still has a lot to offer. It is now down to him to take the chance he has and step up to the plate and perform! With David Bentley suspended for the Arsenal match on Saturday meaning Brett Emerton will probably push forward into midfield and Lucas Neill revert to right-back Jay will have a very good chance of retaining his place.

Personally I can still see Jay's best position being in the middle; think he has the qualities needed to make it as a central defender. He's strong, powerful, is not afraid to make a tackle, can head the ball and has pace.

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 11 2007

Time: 12:02AM

Your Comments

McEveley could have an opportunity to stake a claim to the left-back position but he HAS to take it! Come what may I still think that Sparky WILL be looking to sign a left-back though, but if Jay can do enough while he searches maybe he won't need to as he, Mickey Gray (if he stays) and Andy Taylor will provide enough cover?
Hughes Da Man
I agree with you I said it b4 that I think that Jay should get his chance and again its up to him as Da Man says HE has to take it. We would have enough cover even if Gray didnt stay and would we notice if he did??
Clint
I have to admit that I did write this acticle a day or two back and when you had a similar agreement with me on Jay I wanted to say but didn't want to spoil the suprise of this article lol. Jay the ball could very well be in your court put it out or keep it in play, it's up to you mate.
Hughes Da Man
The point on Mickey Gray. A while a go I thought we would have missed him; I'm totally with you now his time has come thanks for everything Mickey but much like Matteo its time to bow out.
Hughes Da Man
yeah I do think he's had his time with the team, its about going forward now as a club and players on the wrong side of 30 that AREN'Tperforming do have to go, they are on big enough wages and these could be used to buy in young, hungry players. Not to say that all players over 30 should go, U do need the balance
Clint
Certainly, you need the balance but I think we'll have that withouth people like this. The MASSIVE earners like Matteo (sorry to single him out) are holding back the progress of others really aren't they. Even he can't honestly be happy at picking up his wages each month for doing nothing? All of those the wrong side of 30 that aren't in the team or won't be in the team should as we both say be cut loose; either pay them up and get rid or find someone that will take them on the cheap if not for free!
Hughes Da Man
I would also like to see Jay at centreback, I said b4 that the other nite he looked all beefed up, its worth-a-go at any rate
Clint
That will be his long-term position I'm certain; be it at Rovers or elsewhere I'm sure. And WILL see him play for Scotland at full level in the future there.
Hughes Da Man
Derby have put in a 600,000 bid for him, so maybe he will go and never get another chance.
Wellsy
he'd be stupid to head to Derby, they will be in the 1st Division for yrs to come and I do beleive he'll get his chance at Rovers if he can just stay fit this time
Clint
I'm not so sure that Derby will be down their for that much longer, they are playing some good football and have some good footballers, the lure of first team football with a team challenging for the Premiership may prove too much even if Sparky doesn't want him to go?
Hughes Da Man
I think the prob with Jay is that he burst onto the scene as an extremely promising player at the tender age of 17, we all remember the night he made 125million worth of Becks look average, but he has never really raised his game since and still possess the same potential four years on. He really needs to step up.
roversman
He needs to look at Mickey Gray for inspiration. When he looked like he was on his last legs as a Rovers player he came back and took the chances that were given to him. McEveley has youth on his side and if he can play how we know he can then the search for a left back will be on our front door step.
MikeyGamst
 

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