When Bradley Dack signed for Rovers for around £750,000, many fans were surprised that Rovers had actually paid for a player…
Under the poor ownership of Venky’s, Rovers fans have become used to seeing players leaving and only being replaced by fees. However, when Bradley Dack was announced by Rovers, it signalled a statement of intent by Tony Mowbray that he wanted to return this once Premier League winning club back to where it should be.
Dack’s quality has been recognised by clubs for two years now, with Gillingham having rejected several bids from clubs and Crystal Palace being linked with a £2.5 million move for the attacking midfielder just last summer.
Dack has described himself as a player who likes to play in a “free role behind the two strikers in the final third to go and pick up the ball, get into good positions and create and score goals”
Dack came through the Gillingham Youth Academy after joining from Corinthian – of the Southern Counties East League Premier Division in 2010 – and made his debut in the EFL Cup against Bristol City in August 2012. After his debut, Dack made 15 more appearances.
He would then go on to play 28 times in the 2013-14, which involved a loan spell with Braintree Town, and Dack ended that season with 3 goals in 28 League One games. Then, in 2014-2015, he increased his goal tally up to 9 goals in 42 games. At the end of the season, he was named Gillingham’s Young Player of the Year, Sponsor’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the end of season awards.
Then came his best season in which he gained massive recognition – the 2015-16 season. Dack was instrumental in Gillingham’s play-off push, becoming Gillingham’s top scorer with 15 goals and 11 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions. Gillingham rejected a £2 million bid from Bristol City, and Dack rewarded them with this goal return. Then, at the end of season Football League Awards, he won League One Player of the season and was named in the Football League Team of the season. Then, at Gillingham’s end of season awards, Dack was named Gillingham’s Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Sponsor’s Player of the Year.
He then suffered a drop in form in the 2016-17 season with only 6 goals in 39 appearances. However, even with this drop in form, Dack has the quality to be key to Rovers’ success this season.
Tony Mowbray will know that Dack has the quality, and we are confident that Mowbray can rekindle this form that first put Bradley Dack in the spotlight.
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