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Wellens pleased with Rowe signing

23 June 2021

Richie Wellens believes Tommy Rowe’s previous time at Rovers played a big part in the 32-year-old’s return.

Rowe made the move from Doncaster to Bristol City in 2019 and after two years in the Championship, he’s more ambitious than ever.

“We’ve been nervous about getting this done because he’s the type of player that someone could easily come in with an offer that would have blown us out of the water,” Wellens said.

“He’s come in because he’s hungry, he wants another promotion on his CV and he wants to work in an environment with a group of staff and players that he can see are fighting together and moving forward.

“The club have played a big part in his return because he’s got his relationship with the supporters and his memories of the supporters. I think that went a long way in his decision too.”

Traditionally a midfielder in his previous spell at the club, Wellens believes Rowe could have a big part to play at left-back.

“He can play a number of positions. If you do play him at left back, he’s still got threat going forward. I think he’s got goals in his locker from there,” he added.

“And sometimes I do like my full backs to go and play in centre midfield or play high and wide. The fact he can play left wing and he can play centre midfield gives us so much flexibility when we’ve got the ball and we’re not rigid in our play.

“It gives us so many options. We’re getting two players in one.”


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