Paul Downing has signed a permanent deal which will keep at Rovers until June 2019 with the options of a further 12 months. The 26 year old defender joined Rovers in August on loan and after some impressive performances Rovers have decided to sign him on a permanent basis.
Talking to the club's official website Downing said "It’s a great feeling," I’m over the moon for it to all get signed."It gives me and the club some stability moving forward and I’m hoping for many successful times in the future. "It's one of the easiest decisions I’ve made. Ever since I signed on deadline day, it’s been an aspiration of mine to try and make it permanent."I’ve said many times how much I’ve enjoyed my time here so far and I just wanted that to continue, and I’m delighted it will do now. "I’ve been pleased to play as many games as I have and to have an impact on the team and to help them on a Saturday."There’s a long way to go for me, I still feel there’s a lot of improvement. "There’s a lot of competition for places here, so I can’t stop working hard and keep improving and trying to keep my place in the team."
Downing added "I think it’s definitely gone above my expectations, Obviously I wanted to be at the top end of the league, like the football club did, and we’ve managed to do that. "We still want to try and get into those top two places at the end of the season, but from my point of view, personally, getting in the team, helping them win and climb up the table, everything has gone really well for me. "It did help, obviously, getting off to a good start and the fans, and your team-mates, taking to you. "Going on that run, without conceding and helping us win games, it was the perfect start for me to then kick on and carry on in the next couple of months. "It’s a great football club. The people behind the scenes and the dressing room welcomed me from day one, so I thank them for that, and the fans for how they have taken to me. "It’s been really easy to settle in, on and off the pitch, which has been a big thing in helping me to play my part."
Rovers are back in action in the league as they host second place Shrewsbury Town at Ewood on Saturday.