RAYA AIMS TO BE THE NO.1 AT ROVERS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

BLACK­BURN goal­keeper David Raya has set his sights on push­ing cur­rent No.1 Ja­son Steele af­ter sign­ing a con­tract ex­ten­sion at Ewood Park.

Raya joined Rovers from Span­ish club Cor­nella in 2012 and signed his first pro­fes­sional con­tract in Fe­bru­ary 2014.

The 21-year-old Spa­niard has made ten Black­burn ap­pear­ances since then – in­clud­ing six this sea­son be­fore the week­end – but has been un­able to dis­lodge Steele, 26, for a reg­u­lar start­ing berth.

Yet Raya, who was on loan at Na­tional League South­port a cou­ple of sea­sons ago, is putting in the hard yards to try to force an op­por­tu­nity for him­self.

“Me and Ja­son work hard ev­ery day and we’re push­ing each other,” said Raya. “I’m try­ing to push him and try­ing to get his spot.

“I al­ways try to work as hard as pos­si­ble and do­ing that makes Stee­ley work even harder not to lose his place, I think.

“He’s been play­ing well ever since he came. He’s a re­ally good goal­keeper and I’ve learnt a lot from him. It’s good to have that com­pe­ti­tion be­tween us.

“I’m just wait­ing for my chance to show the new man­ager (Tony Mow­bray) what I can do and then we’ll see if I can stay in the team.”

GRAFT: David Raya

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