The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By William Pound

DANNY Gra­ham is rev­el­ling in the homely at­mos­phere at Black­burn af­ter trig­ger­ing a one-year con­tract ex­ten­sion.

The news was an­nounced at the same time as con­fir­ma­tion of a per­ma­nent deal for Ben Br­ere­ton, who had pre­vi­ously been on loan at Ewood Park from Not­ting­ham For­est.

Gra­ham, 33, joined Rovers from Sun­der­land three years ago, be­fore mov­ing to the Lan­cashire club per­ma­nently in the sum­mer of 2016.

He has scored 46 times in 131 ap­pear­ances and feels a “strong con­nec­tion” to Rovers, where his con­tract now runs un­til the sum­mer of 2020.

“I’ve been count­ing down the games over the past few months and I’m de­lighted to get it all sorted so quickly,” he said.

“I’m re­ally pleased and now I can fo­cus and hope­fully have a good end to the sea­son. I re­mem­ber in the sum­mer the gaffer spoke to me and said that it was up to me to work hard, stay in the team and play well. I feel I’ve done that, par­tic­u­larly over the past six weeks or so, show­ing some good form.

“The club means a lot to me. Af­ter my tough time at Sun­der­land, to come here I feel I have a great con­nec­tion with ev­ery­one; the play­ers, the staff, the fans.

“It feels homely to me, and I’ll def­i­nitely be look­ing to ex­tend it fur­ther if I can.”

Nine­teen-year-old front­man Br­ere­ton, who has signed a three-and-ahalf-year deal, is ex­cited to be a part of the club’s fu­ture, too.

“I’m de­lighted to be here per­ma­nently. It’s a great team, a great bunch of lads,” he said.

“There’s a great at­mos­phere at the train­ing ground, all the lads are top class and the gaffer keeps ev­ery­one go­ing. I like how he man­ages the team, so it’s great to be here.”

FORM: Danny Gra­ham

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