The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By James Mar­shall

BLACK­BURN de­fender Shane Duffy says he has ban­ished the mem­ory of the day that he came close to los­ing his life on a foot­ball pitch.

Four years ago Duffy, who joined Rovers from Ever­ton on dead­line day, lost 3.6 litres of blood after lac­er­at­ing his liver in a freak train­ing ground col­li­sion while with the Repub­lic of Ire­land squad.

He needed life-sav­ing surgery and said: “I don’t re­ally think about it any­more as I’m back to where I was be­fore it hap­pened. I’m just en­joy­ing that I’m still here and still play­ing. It set me back but it was one of those un­for­tu­nate things that can hap­pen in foot­ball.”

Duffy’s sole fo­cus now is on mak­ing sure that he makes a suc­cess of his switch to Ever­ton on a three-year con­tract.

He added: “My aim is to get into the first team but we’ve got three great cen­tre­halves here.

“There’s com­pe­ti­tion here and that’s good. It keeps you on your toes and it im­proves you as a player, which I want.

“I’ve just got to work hard in train­ing, get into the team and then try and stay in the team.”

FIT AGAIN: Shane Duffy

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