Player Profiles – Wingers

In the build up to the 2017-18 season, RoversChat will be looking at a section of player profiles each day. Today, RoversChat look at the wingers Rovers have for next season.

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Liam Feeney

MID Liam Feeney

Country of Birth: England

Date of Birth: 21/01/1987 (age 30)

Position: RM

Appearances/Goals for Rovers: 40/1

(Stats correct as of the start of the 2017/18 season)

Born in Hammersmith, London. Liam Feeney arrived at Rovers in the Summer of 2016 following productive spells at Bolton and Ipswich. His impressive form at Wanderers lead Ipswich to take advantage of Bolton’s financial struggles and get his service on loan in their chase for the play offs. Unfortunately, Feeney was unable to help them achieve this as they finished 7th – 5 points behind Sheffield Wednesday.  This is his second spell with Rovers following 6 appearances on loan from Millwall in 2014. He was Owen Coyles 4th summer signing in 2016 – following Anthony Stokes, Stephen Hendrie & Danny Graham. His form was indifferent in his first season back with the club but, he still managed 34 appearances. Feeney, when he is in form, has great potential to unlock League 1 defences and should do well this year.

Other clubs played for: 2005–2007 Hayes; 2007–2009 Salisbury City; 2008 Southend United (loan);  2009–2011 Bournemouth; 2011–2014 Millwall; 2013 Bolton Wanderers (loan); 2014 Blackburn Rovers (loan); 2014–2016 Bolton Wanderers; 2016 Ipswich Town (loan); 2016-present Rovers

 

Elliott Bennett

MID Elliott Bennett

Country of Birth: England

Date of Birth: 18th December 1988 (aged 28)

Position: RM (can play LM or CAM)

Appearances/Goals for Rovers: 46/5

(Stats correct as of the start of the 2017/18 season)

Born in Telford, England, Bennett started his career at wolves but failed to make a single appearance for their senior side spending time out on loan at Crewe and Bury. Bennett arrived at Rovers from Norwich in January 2016. Bennett, who won Rovers goal of the season competition, plays on the wing but can also occupy the number 10 position just behind the striker. Despite interest from QPR, Rovers have been able to keep hold of Bennett and it’s been reported he has asked to remain at the club, despite interest from elsewhere. With his pace and fantastic long range shots, Bennett will play a pivotal part in any success Rovers have this season.

Other clubs played for: 2007-2009 Wolves; 2007-2008 Crewe (loan); 2008-2009 Bury (loan); 2009-2011 Brighton and Hove Albion; 2011-2016 Norwich City; 2014 Brighton and Hove Albion (loan); 2015 Bristol City (loan);

 

Craig Conway

MID Craig Conway

Country of Birth: Scotland

Date of birth: 2nd May 1985 (Age 32)

Position: LM

Appearances/Goals for Rovers: 132/16

(Stats correct as of the start of the 2017/18 season)

Craig Conway started his career in his home country of Scotland for Ayr United. He started in the Ayr youth team before impressing and eventually progressing into the first team. He impressed whilst at Ayr scoring 7 times in 61 appearances for the first team.

This form from such a young player didn’t go unnoticed in Scotland and he was quickly snapped up by fellow Scottish team Dundee United. He started to grow into the first team until an injury ended his season. The following season was also short lived when he got injured again and was out for the season. He returned from injury late into the season and his potential started to come through. He was a regular first team starter and eventually signed a new 2-year deal. He became a key player for the next 2 seasons but eventually left because The Terrors because they couldn’t meet his ambition and wage demand.

Conway then signed for Championship Cardiff City signing a three year deal with the Welsh side. His first goal came against Oxford in the Capital One Cup (EFL Cup). He carried on his impressive form scoring 5 in 58 before handing in a transfer request. This was because of the lack of playing time under the current manager at the time, Malky Mackay. He was eventually loaned out to Brighton for the remainder of the season.

He then joined Blackburn Rovers on Transfer deadline day in 2014 on a 2 and half year deal. He has inserted himself into the Rovers team straight away is known for his thunderbolts, crossing ability and work rate. He is one of the most hard-working Rovers players and gives his whole for the shirt every single week without fail. He plays for the badge and that’s all you can ask.  He signed a new 3-year deal in 2015 keeping him at Ewood until 2018. His technical ability is outstanding and I feel he will be very important for Rovers this season and is a likely player to become captain for the 2017/18 season.

Other clubs played for: Ayr United 2003-2006, Dundee United 2006-2011, Cardiff City 2011-2014, Brighton & Hove Albion 2013 (Loan)