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Lenihan's new deal delight

IRELAND U21 cap Darragh Lenihan (pictured) feels he can break into the first team at Blackburn Rovers now that he has the security of a new contract.

Dubliner Lenihan impressed on loan to Burton Albion last season and forced his way into the Blackburn side at the end of the campaign, making three first team appearances, and following weeks of talks, he's signed a 12-month contract extension with Rovers.

"It's taken a while, but I'm very pleased to get my contract signed and sealed," said Lenihan.

"It's a massive season for me. For playing games and to make the break into the first team, I think this is the main season for me. I just need to work hard in pre-season and see where it takes me. If I do well in training, then hopefully the manager will pick me.

"This is my fifth season and I feel ready to make myself an established player here."