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At last!!! Sparky does it again.....

Blackburn Rovers have won the race to sign NAC Breda striker Maceo Rigters. Having earlier completed the signing of young Faroe Island Goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen, Blackburn then moved swiftly to pinch the highly rated hitman.

The Dutch striker, who starred for Holland in this month's U-21 European Championships, has signed a four-year deal at Ewood Park.

Rigters, had been strongly linked with a move to Celtic, but also attracted interest from Newcastle, Rangers and Norwich.

Rigters has just come off international duty after scoring four goals as Holland won the European U-21 Championships.

This is another good coup for the Rovers as the fee is believed to be less than 1 million... he already looks a bargain!

And may I be the first to say... this has registered very high on the 'Rigter Scale', thank you I'll be here all week ;)

MikeyGamst, Orange for a Day.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 2 2007

Time: 7:14PM

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theres no official confirmation yet mate, lotsa of speculation that hes gone to celtic too
Damn you Mikey, beat me to it by a few mins!!!! Great news though in my humble opinion!
BomBom its on the Rovers site! They wouldn't report it if it hadn't gone through! Oh and Mikey...terrible pun. Are you working for the Rovers official site too?
I thought it was a good un!!!!! BomBom you need to stay in touch mate.... how is everyone?? have just got back from London. This is a great signing...
Every. Single. Bloody. Time. I don't know how he does it, but Sparky seems to pull these signings out of nowhere.... We'll see how that new chap at Arsenal does, but I think this could be the end of "Arsene knows" and the beginning of a glorious new era of "Sparky knows"...
Do yourselves a favour - visit you tube and watch this boys goals in the recent U-21 tournament - He looks a great signing. I didn't realise that he was the guy that scored the amazing overhead kick that equalised against England.
Mikey...I was taking the mikey pal! I would have used it had i thought of it lol! Looking forward to seeing what he offers Rovers but I have a feeling it could be quite a bit!
Taking the Mikey??? like it...
i saw rigters flying in a heatrow airport on sunday evening, dont know why he was down in london, but wasn't expecting him 2 sign for us when i saw him ther!?! ye another cheap and good sining from hughes!
Can't see it catching on Mikey unfortunately. Yeah it is a top signing. Really pleased we have bought him.
Famtastic signing. Only sparky can continuously get a gem after gem for such a bargain. This guy is definitly gonna take us to the next level. Havent heard much about the keeper but sparky always knows
Very pleased we have im but dont like the speculation this means Benni or Jason will be leaving!?! I hope this is us strengthening our squad rather than getting ready to replace a great player.
Excited by this signing, this guy could turn out to be a real gem. Nice to pip the likes of Newcastle & Celtic for him as well.
Great signing, I am so pleased he is a Rover. The Daily Mail said he was going to I left a comment on their website telling them how useless they are! I wonder if that will get posted..hmmm.
Great young player you got there. Going to be a star. Congrats :)
I have said it before, i wouldnt mind, roberts leaving if we purchase a second striker. This would leave us with this guy, derbyshire, benni and another striker, possibly bellers. At least this gives another young kid to scale to the heights of derbyshire, maybe itws de vita's turn this yaer
I can see it catching on Roversman... if it doesnt I will ram it down people's throats lol....
Let's go for it pal!!! sasman, you might have hit on something there about de vita. I have high hopes for this lad and would like to see him make the breakthrough next season, even if it is only in a few cup games and a few sub displays. Looking forward to hearing Rigters first interview, although surprised no comments have been attributed to him yet.
great to see this considering celtic were supposed to sign him and they can offer champions league football so thats a great coup for sparky!
durks de rover
lol whats this news that benni didnt show up for training, here we go again another long summer
yeah is rigter a benni replacement or maybe a signal that nonda aint gettin a permanent deal at ewood? i hope the latter but if the benni thing is true i for one have had enough of him and his antics!
durks de rover
I cant see this Rigter's guy being a direct replacement for Benni, he is largely unproven at this level and I still expect the club to sign another striker.
Rigter is not the replacement for benni, i believe he is replacing roberts. I might be wrong, but we will sign 1 more quality striker, leaving us with rigter, benni, new striker, derbs and possibly gally or de vita
I was not quite amazed when we signed him, more surprised but VERY happy we have, Sparky has certainly done it again!!! A player of his quality and potential for LESS than a million, maybe even less than 500,000 is AMAZING!!!
Hughes Da Man
I see him as a replacement for Nonda (in an ideal world!)
Are Welsh people allowed to be knighted???
I'm not sure dude, don't non-English just get honourary knighthoods?!?!
Hughes Da Man
If Nelsen is God, is Sparky the Godfather?
Desert Kiwi
LOL! I guess he is.
Hughes Da Man

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